BREAKING: Lawyer withdraws suit seeking Metuh’s release
Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, says he is
withdrawing the suit he filed on Monday to challenge the
continued detention of the National Publicity Secretary of
the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Metuh has been in the EFCC custody since January 5, 2016,
where he is being questioned over his alleged involvement
in the diversion and sharing of the $2.1bn arms funds by a
former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Metuh was said to have pocketed N400m out of the said
funds earmarked for the purchase of arms to fight the Boko
arrest and detention was part of President Muhammadu
Buhari’s grand plan to silence the opposition, approached
the Federal High Court in Lagos and asked that Metuh be
immediately released from custody.
The lawyer had argued that Metuh’s fundamental rights
enshrined in sections 33, 34, 35, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43 and 44
of the Constitution were being violated.
But in a statement made available to our correspondent on
Thursday morning, Adegboruwa, however, said he had
reviewed the situation and had filed a notice to the court to
discontinue the suit.
He explained that since filing the suit on Monday he had
been inundated with calls from across the country by
people who wondered whether he was against Buhari’s anti-
war but only that it must be fought within the ambit of the
rule of law.
He said he filed the suit in consonance with his unwavering
belief that the rule of law must be obeyed, adding that he
had neither never met Metuh before nor received instruction
or money from him to file the suit.
The statement read in part, “Since filing this suit, I have
received several telephone calls from colleagues, friends
and well wishers, some congratulating me for the ‘fat’ brief,
some criticising me, some seeking explanations and some
others commending and encouraging me.
“The truth is that I have never met Chief Metuh before and I
did not receive a dime from him, or from anyone else, to file
the suit. I did so based upon my conviction, that it was
wrong to arrest a citizen of Nigeria, lock him up in custody
and be boasting that he will not be released or charged to
“My intervention on behalf of Chief Metuh, is not to shield
him from his trial, if found wanting, but rather that as the
voice of the opposition in Nigeria, he should not be cowed
or silenced, without following due process.
“Through Chief Metuh, Nigerians have had the benefit of
hearing the other side of the sweet stories of change, that
the Buhari regime has been feeding us with.”
Adegboruwa added that he later discovered that Metuh
himself had earlier filed a similar suit in Abuja.
He said he was not a Metuh’s crony, adding that if Buhari
himself left office and is being unfairly treated he would
equally defend him.
“It would seem now that Chief Metuh is finding a common
ground with the EFCC, in the light of the revelations coming
forth, in relation to his case and the promise to arraign him
“I support the anti-corruption war of this administration,
when it is done in accordance with the rule of law.
My intervention in securing reprieve for victims of human
rights abuses, is not novel to Chief Metuh’s case,”