Why Justice Abang stalled Metuh, Badeh’s court cases


Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja has stalled the cases involving the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the immediate past spokesperson for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh and former chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh.

Abang who was said to be returning to Abuja from Lagos, adjourned the case to Tuesday, March 21, for continuation of trial because of traffic gridlock between Kaduna and Abuja. The cases were adjourned through the clerk of the court.

It can be recalled that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, was temporarily closed from midnight on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to enable the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), carry out major rehabilitation on the runway at the airport.

Counsels to all parties in the matter alongside their clients were in court ready for the matter when a court clerk informed them that Justice Okon Abang would not be sitting..

One of the lawyers who spoke to journalist said: “We came ready for the matter but the judge told us he was caught up in traffic between Kaduna and Lagos.

“He said he is on his way from Lagos to Abuja, so the matter has been adjourned to Tuesday, March 21, for continuation of trial.”

Metuh and Badeh are facing charges of money laundering and diversion of public funds.

The EFCC in the different charges alleged that the duo diverted public funds to prosecute the 2015 general elections.

The monies were said to have been received from the office of the then National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd)