A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned trial of the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh. In his ruling today, January 26, Justice Okon Abang said trial will continue tomorrow, January 27.
At the trial, the defense counsel, Onyeashi Ikpeazu had prayed discountenance the documents brought in as evidence by the prosecution. He argued that the prosecution witness, Bahle Ndam was not the originator of the document and that the documents issued should have been certified as a true copy before being presented to the court.
But Abang overulling the objections raised by the defense counsel, said that any civil servant working in any of the organisation that forms the prosecution can bear witness or tender any correspondence involved in this investigation.
“A staff working in ONSA can tender a document or a letter issued by EFCC addressed to ONSA or a letter issued by the ONSA and addressed to the EFCC. This is sobecause the person is deemed to have a personal knowledge of the document rendered,” Abang said.
It is my view and of course specified in the constitution that a document that requires payment of a specified fee as the true copy before it can be tendered as evidence before the court,” he said.
He also said that the e-payment schedule is an annexure to the letter.
“It is my view that the prosecution are not seeking leave of court to tender the letters separately,” he said.