Chief Olisa Metuh

A human rights activist, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, on Tuesday filed a motion before a Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking arraignment of Olisa Metuh.

Metuh is the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP.

He was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 5, at his Abuja residence.

On January 11, Adegboruwa filed a suit before the same court, challenging the arrest and detention of the applicant.

He is seeking the enforcement of Metuh’s fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution.

Joined as first and second respondents in the suit are the EFCC and the attorney-general of the federation.

In his fresh motion filed on Tuesday, Adegboruwa is seeking an order to compel the EFCC to produce Metuh in court in Lagos and show cause why he should not be released.

Adegboruwa argued that the EFCC could not constitute itself into an accuser, a prosecutor and a judge at the same time.

He noted that such practice contravened constitutional provisions on the presumption of innocence of an accused.

Adegboruwa is seeking among other reliefs:

“An order, directing the first respondent to forthwith release the applicant from his unlawful custody, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“An order, granting bail to the applicant herein, pending the determination of the motion on notice, or his arraignment before any court of competent jurisdiction.

“An order, directing the first respondent to produce the applicant before the court and to show cause why he should not be released from custody, pending the determination of the suit.”

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