Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja is refusing to disqualify himself from presiding over the trial of National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. The judge is however ordering Metuh to open his defence on April 11 in the ongoing trial for money laundering. Justice Abang refused to disqualify himself in a ruling after counsels have argued in favour and against Metuh’s applications asking the judge to withdraw from the case.
Justice Abang is saying that the PDP spokesman failed to adduse enough evidence to show that he is bias against him in the trial. He’s also dismissed another application by Metuh requesting for an indefinite adjournment pending when the Court of Appeal would hear and determine his appeal against the court’s ruling on his no-case submission and his motion for stay of proceedings of the trial.
Another lawyer, Tochukwu Onwugbufor who took over the defence of Metuh’s company on Friday, is also making series of oral applications for adjournment which are all been dismissed by the court.