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JUST IN: Court orders Metuh's trial in absentia

JUST IN: Court orders Metuh's trial in absentia

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the further trial of Chief Olisa Metuh to continue in his absence.

The trial judge held that it will not amount to breach of fair hearing even if the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman won't be in court.

Justice Abang said Metuh indulged in misconduct by disobeying the order of court before he did so and fell on his own. He said Metuh disregarded the court proceeding by continuous loud whistling and groaning “as if he was in great pain,” adding that the doctor from the medical unit of the court acted on her own.

The judge also ruled that the general manager of a TV station and a host of one of its programmes must appear in court on Friday, May 25 to show cause and to produce the original recording of the programme of Tuesday, May 22, “to establish if it prejudiced the matter before the court and disrespect its integrity, which can be cited for contempt.”

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Meanwhile, Metuh is still on admission at the National Hospital Abuja on spinal cord related illness.

Chief Metuh, who is facing a seven-count charge before the court for alleged diversion of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, collapsed in court on Monday, May 21.

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