The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday turned down an application filed by former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh seeking for leave to travel abroad for medical treatment.
The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the application because there was a subsisting order directing Metuh to deposit his international passport with the Chief Registrar of the High Court.
Pointing out that the order had not been set aside, he stated that the court would, therefore, not grant the defendant’s request.
The judge stated that one of the requirements for Metuh’s bail was the depositing of his international passport at the court, but added that the defendant did not apply to vary the bail conditions.
According to him, “This is not a case of sympathy, but a case of law. This court has no jurisdiction to entertain this application.
“The court is not Father Christmas to give to the defendant what it did not ask for.
“The application lacks merit. It is accordingly dismissed. The court cannot set aside its decision.”
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