Olisa Metuh released from prison

The spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has been released from prison after meeting his bail conditions.

Mr. Metuh, who is standing trial for alleged money laundering, was granted bail on January 19, but remained in detention after failing to meet the terms.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ordered him to pay N400 million as bond, in addition to providing two sureties who own properties in the Maitama district of Abuja.

Each surety was also asked to deposit N200 million.

On Tuesday, the judge agreed that the sureties could own properties in other areas of Abuja.

Mr. Metuh had asked the court to vary the terms of his bail.

The PDP spokesperson is accused of receiving N400 million from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

“I can now confirm to you that I am with him now, yes, he is fine and he is in high spirit,” Ihediwa said.

Metuh who is facing a seven counts of money laundering involving the sum of N400m, part of the $2.1bn arms fund which he allegedly collected from former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was granted bail in the sum of N300m and two sureties in like sum by a Federal High Court in Abuju on Friday, January 22, but was remanded in prison pending when he fulfilled his bail condition.

The arrest and handcuffing of the embattled PDP spokesman has generated backlash from members of the opposition who have accused the President Muhammadu Buhari of using the anti-corruption agencies and other institutions of state to subject accused persons like Metuh to inhuman treatment.