For the second time in three days, the Federal Government has arraigned the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh in court on criminal charges.
Metuh, who was handcuffed to the court premises for alleged unruly behaviour while in custody was docked specifically for allegedly attempting to destroy the evidence billed to be used in his trial in the alleged N400m fraud case at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
At the court, where he was docked, Metuh was alleged to have forcefully seized the confessional statement he allegedly made to the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the alleged fraud.
He was also alleged to have attempted to swallow the pieces of the papers before he was over-powered by the operatives of the EFCC.
Metuh has however denied the charges.
Meanwhile, a mild drama however ensued when the judge questioned the rationale behind the separate arraignment of the defendant on the same corruption issue.
The judge said that since the alleged attempt to destroy evidence flowed directly from the case already filed against Metuh at the federal high court, it would have been proper and reasonable to accommodate the new charge in the pending one.
However, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Sylvester Tahir said that the fresh charge was on a penal code.
Subsequently, the judge ordered that Metuh be returned to the Kuje prison pending the time his application for bail would be considered and decided upon by the court.
The Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice Isaq Bello handling the case has fixed January 25 for the hearing of the bail application filed by Metuh’s counsel, Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN).