Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said that the suit filed by the commission against former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, is presently pending before the Supreme Court.
There had been media reports that the Federal High Court, FHC, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, September 26, 2022, “ struck out the case filed for retrial by EFCC.
According to EFCC, there is no modicum of truth in those reports.
The anti-graft agency in its reaction to the report, said, “Metuh’s case is presently pending before the Supreme Court, arising from the appeal by the Commission, as well as his own cross-appeal, upon the judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the judgment of the trial court on alleged grounds of bias.
“There is, therefore, no pending case before the Federal High Court to warrant striking out of the same.
“It bears reiterating that the EFCC, has no fresh application for retrial of Metuh before the court. There can be no striking out of a suit that was not initiated or filed before the court. Any report of striking out of a suit filed by the EFCC on Metuh is a gross misrepresentation of the status of the case and the public is enjoined to ignore such reports.
“The EFCC is awaiting the judgment of the apex court, against the discharge of Metuh, by the Court of Appeal, in the N400 million money laundering charges instituted against him.
“The Commission will do nothing to abuse the processes of the court, as it remains committed to total respect for the rule of law.”