Metuh gets new defence lawyer for money laundering trial


Former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has got himself a new defence lawyer after two senior lawyers, who have been on his case since 2016, were disengaged over alleged threat to their lives.

The two senior lawyers, Onyechi Ikpeazu and Emeka Etiaba, had filed a motion before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja to be taken off the case due to threats to their lives and inability to attend daily trial.

Mr Abang had fixed Wednesday to hear the motion of the lawyers, only to find that Metuh had himself disengaged them and brought in another lawyer, Abel Ozioko, to represent him.

Mr Metuh is facing trial leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering of over N400 million.

The EFCC says Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Limited, fraudulently took the money from the office of the former National Security Adviser,  Sambo Dasuki, “when they reasonably ought to know” that the money was part of the proceeds of alleged criminal act.

Metuh was also accused of transacting with cash of $2 million without going through a financial institution in violation of a provision of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.