The publicity Secretary for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, was finally released on bail from Kuje Prison on Thursday, after he met the bail conditions set by a Federal High Court in Abuja on January 19.
PDP Director of New Media, Deji Adeyanju confirmed the development on twitter. He twitted
We are on our way to the house now. We met the bail conditions about 20 minutes ago, and we are just leaving the federal high court.
Metuh was released after the judge in-charge, Justice Okon Abang, signed his release warrant, having verified and satisfied with details of the two sureties provided by the accused and the title documents of the property owned by the sureties.
The verification exercise was done by the Chief Registrar of the court and the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, whom the judge directed to verify the residential addresses of the two sureties
Metuh was arrested on Tuesday 4th January, 2016 in his Abuja home in connection to the $2.1 billion arms deal, allegedly part of the funds meant for the procurement of arms, but which was released to him for campaign activities of the PDP by the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), who is also facing other charges bordering on the diversion of the said arms funds.
He was granted bail on Tuesday January 19 by a Federal High Court in Abuja on the condition that he pays a sum of N400 million as bond and provide two sureties with N200 million each.
The sureties are to have properties within the Maitama district of the FCT and reside in Abuja. They are also to submit the Certificate of Occupancy of the properties to the Chief Registrar of the court for verification, as well as submit their three years tax clearance. They will also swear affidavit of means of livelihood with two passport photographs. Metuh will also have to submit his International passport.
But according to report, Trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang, changed his earlier order that the sureties must be property owners in the Maitama area of Abuja only to an order that the two sureties must be owners of properties in any area of the Federal Capital Territory.
Metuh’s release came after he met the bail conditions and presented the necessary documents.