Friday, 10 June 2016

Judge threatens to investigate Abuja hospital for transferring Olisa Metuh to Lagos

The former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of receiving N400 million from the office of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser.

Okon Abang, a judge of a federal high court in Abuja has accused the National Hospital, Abuja, for not informing the court before transferring  Olisa Metuh, to a Lagos hospital.

Ruling in an application for adjournment brought by Emeka Etaiba, Metuh’s counsel,  the judge said through its action, the hospital treated the court lightly.

Justice Abang said Metuh’s case was first adjourned on account of a medical report from the hospital, which did not state the duration of the bed rest.

“If I order investigation into the activities of the national hospital regarding to Metuh’s medical report many heads will roll,” he said.

“I have authority over the management of the hospital because they are under my jurisdiction. The management is not above this court and the law.

“They cannot treat this court with levity; national hospital has a duty to explain to the court what led to the transfer of Metuh from National Hospital, Abuja, to another hospital in Lagos.

“In any event, I have another medical report issued by Dr Olufemi Bankole from Lagos University Teaching Hospital that Metuh is on bed rest over back pains which he claimed.”

The medical report did not disclose the location of the hospital in Lagos. The case which Metuh pleaded not guilty to, has been adjourned  till July 7.