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Metuh vomits in court, trial stalled

ABUJA – Spokesperson of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, yesterday again broke down in court with signs of ill-health, repeatedly throwing up at the Federal High Court in Abuja, where he is being tried for alleged corruption.

Metuh’s apparent ill-health led the court to adjourn the case.

The PDP spokesperson is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million of government arms money.

METUH IN COURT—Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pdp, Chief Olisa Metuh, signing a document at the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: NAN.
File: Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pdp, Chief Olisa Metuh, signing a document at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

His counsel, Etiaba Etiaba, said Metuh’s health condition deteriorated on Wednesday night, forcing his brother-in-law, Andy Aghaji, to rush him to hospital.

He said on arrival at the hospital, they found that nurses were on strike. A doctor, who attended to Metuh, directed that he be brought back to the hospital, yesterday.

Etiaba said the doctor had warned that the drugs he administered would make Metuh drowsy and that he would have to take another medication at 11 am Thursday. He said the PDP spokesman left the hospital at 3.30 am, yesterday.

Etiaba said he advised Metuh to see if he could manage himself to the court, since he had no understanding about the gravity of his health condition.

At the court, the PDP spokesman began to vomit and had to be assisted to the court room by his relatives. The counsel prayed the court to adjourn the case to enable Metuh return to the hospital.

The prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, did not object to the application.
The judge adjourned the case till May 23 and Metuh immediately returned to the hospital.

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