Emerging report reaching Page 36 on Wednesday, indicates that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, has nullified the conviction and 7-year jail term imposed on a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, under the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, Olisa Metuh.
Olisa Metuh was sentenced and convicted for corruption by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
A 3-man Panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Stephen Adah, in a unanimous judgement, held that the proceedings of the Federal High Court leading to the conviction of PDP Chieftain and his company, Destra Investment Limited, were tainted with bias, and therefore must not be allowed to stand.
Justice Adah who delivered the lead judgement today, held that the utterances of the Trial Judge in the course of the trial, established that he was biased against the convicts.
The Court of Appeal therefore, ordered that the trial be conducted afresh.
He directed that the case file be sent back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for reassignment to another Judge other than Justice Okon Abang.
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