Judge rejects defence lawyer’s request to withdraw after Metuh’s fall

Judge rejects defence lawyer’s request to withdraw. The judge Justice Okon Abang has turned down the request of the defence lawyer Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN) to withdraw from the case during the Monday’s proceedings of Metuh’s trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr. Emeka Etiaba who is the defence lawyer to  a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh made the annoncement to withdraw from the case after Metuh’s fall but the Justice Okon Abang, insisted that the trial would continue in the aftermath of Metuh’s fall.

Recall that Mr. Olisa Metuh collapsed while making his way to the dock.

Judge rejects defence lawyer’s request to withdraw

The judge insisted that the defence should call its next witness.

“It will be against all procedure of trial to say I want to continue when my client is lying down and I don’t know whether he is dead or alive,” Etiaba said.

But the judge refused Etiaba’s application to withdraw from the trial, saying “it is an attempt to delay this trial”.

The lawyer however, while he remained in the court, insisted that he had withdrawn from the case. He refused to offer further contributions even when asked for by the judge.


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