A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has dismissed the application filed by the spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, asking for the court’s permission to travel abroad for his medical treatment.

Counsel to Metuh had on May 23 informed the court of an application dated May 16 seeking permission to allow Mr. Metuh travel to the United Kingdom for five weeks to attend to his failing health.

The counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, had also asked the court to 

permit the release of Mr. Metuh’s passport so that if the first application is granted, he (Metuh) would be able to travel for the proposed treatment of his ailing spinal cord.

The trial judge, Okon Abang, had said the court would decide on Mr. Metuh’s application on May 25.

Justice Abang had asked both counsels on May 23 whether his court had the jurisdiction to grant the second application by Mr. Ikpeazu, seeking for the release of Mr. Metuh’s international passport.

In his ruling on Wednesday, the judge ruled on the application seeking the release of Mr. Metuh’s international passport, that it should not have come to his court in the first place.

He noted that the decision was made with regards to the nature of Mr. Metuh’s trial and that the court cannot hold back its decision.

He further said the present condition of the defendant should not be a reason for the law to be compromised.

“Proceedings in a court of law is not based on sentiments,” he said. “The court cannot set aside its decision. I have no jurisdiction to do so.”

Justice Abang added that since the court cannot grant Mr. Metuh his second prayer, there would be no need to consider the application for Metuh’s trip abroad.

“Having dismissed prayer two, it is not important to discuss the merits of prayer one,” Justice Abang said.

Justice Abang also said he is sure that Metuh could be treated here in Nigeria like other Nigerians.

“Their is no evidence brought forth by Mr. Metuh that none of the teaching hospitals in Nigeria can treat him of his sickness. We have so many teaching hospitals here that can treat such illness,” he ruled.


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