By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Lagos lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has withdrawn the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit he filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on behalf of National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh before a Federal High Court, Lagos.
In a statement dated January 13, Adegboruwa said though he was never briefed by Metuh to filed the suit, he only instituted the case when he felt the PDP spokesman was being treated unfairly.
Adegboruwa, who disclosed he had filed a notice of discontinuance of the case before the court, noted that the step became necessary since Metuh had instituted similar case before a Federal High Court, Abuja.
He said: “On Monday, January 11, 2016, I filed an application before the Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging the continued detention of Chief Olisa Metuh, the spokesperson of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, the leading opposition party in Nigeria.
“Subsequently on Tuesday January 12, 2016, I filed an application to compel the EFCC to produce Chief Metuh in court. However, I have on January 13, 2016, filed a notice of discontinuance of the said suit.
“Since filing this suit, I have received several telephone calls from colleagues, friends and well wishers, some congratulating me for the ‘fat’ brief, some criticizing me, some seeking explanations and some others commending and encouraging me.
“The truth is that I have never met Chief Metuh before and I did not receive a dime from him, or from anyone else, to file the suit. I did so based upon my conviction, that it was wrong to arrest a citizen of Nigeria, lock him up in custody and be boasting that he will not be released or charged to court.