Former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, collapsed in court during the resumption of his money laundering trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, May 21, 2018.
According to a report by The Punch, Metuh collapsed while he was making his way to the dock inside the courtroom around 9:01am.
Presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, stood down the case to allow medical officials to Metuh.
He however insisted going on with the trial.
Emeka Etiaba SAN, counsel to Metuh, submitted that he cannot go on when his client was lying critically ill on a stretcher.
“The 1st defendant had a terrible fall while trying to mount the dock, and I don’t even know if he is alive on that stretcher, Etiaba stated.
“Since the court has insisted on proceeding with the trial, I announce my withdrawal from the trial” Etiaba stated.
However, Justice Abang in a bench ruling refused Etiaba’s withdrawal.