The Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside the conviction and seven years jail term imposed on a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, by Abuja Federal High Court, holding that the trial judge was biased.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court had found him guilty of money laundering charges.
But a three-man Appeal Court panel led by Justice Stephen Adah on Wednesday, unanimously held that the proceedings of the Federal High Court leading to the conviction of Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, were tainted with bias, and therefore must not be allowed to stand.
The appeal Court said that the utterances of the trial judge, Justice Abang, in the course of the trial, established that he was biased against the convicts.
It therefore ordered a fresh trial, directing the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to reassign the case to another judge other than Justice Abang.
Justice Abang had on February 25, 2020, sentenced Metuh to seven years’ imprisonment for fraudulently receiving N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser then being headed by Col Sambo Dasuki.