Barely 24 hours after he announced his withdrawal as a defence lawyer to a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), has re-appeared in the case today, Tuesday morning.
Although Metuh, who collapsed during the Monday’s proceedings, is absent from the ongoing court session, Etiaba announced himself as the lawyer to the ex-spokesperson for the PDP.
Etiaba had previously withdrawn himself from the case on Monday, after the judge insisted that the trial must continue even after Metuh’s fall in court.
Earlier, Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the N400 million he allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2014.
The NSA was at the time headed by Sambo Dasuki who has been in prison custody since 2015 for misappropriating a certain $2.1 billion.
The government had claimed that the $2.1 billion was meant for the procurement of arms for soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents; and that Dasuki allegedly used this money for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign instead.
Yesterday, Etiaba had filed an application to withdraw from the case.
But the judge, Justice Okon Abang, had overruled Etiaba’s application to withdraw from the case, saying it was an attempt to delay the case.
Insisting that he had withdrawn from the case, Etiaba refused to answer further questions asked by the judge during the proceeding even after the ruling dismissing his application for withdrawal from the case.
The judge had described Etiaba’s refusal to answer questions he asked as rude and unethical.
The judge, however, adjourned the case till Tuesday after the court’s medical official said Metuh needed to see his doctor.
It was reported that Metuh collapsed in court yesterday, Monday, after taking some steps towards the dock.