Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Motion For The Urgent Need To Save Life of Chief Olisa Metuh
Motion For The Urgent Need To Save Life of Chief Olisa Metuh moved by Hon Chris Azubogu on the floor of the House of Representatives, yesterday ( 6/02/2018)
The House Notes :That Chapter IV Section 33 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended ) states and I quote
" Every person has right to life , and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life , save in the execution of the sentence of the Court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has found guilty in Nigeria "
Further Notes :That the life of Olisa Metuh who happened to be my constituent is under grave danger but presently , he is facing trial on charges of money laundering an offence if convicted does not prescribe death as the penalty .
Concerned: That Olisa Metuh whose health condition started deteriorating in the hands of EFCC which lead to his collapse in the court some time ago before he was rushed to National Hospital .
Further Concerned :Olisa Metuh traveled to Nnewi Some weeks back to attend to some family issues and was rushed to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi on emergency due to complications on the same spinal cord injury.
While on admission , the court refused medical report requesting to be given enough time by the hospital to complete their investigation on him . Which Prompted his transfer to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu before the National Hospital Abuja in ambulance to enable him appear for trial on the Order of the Court .
Worried : That he is on trial but not yet convicted and his health is deteriorating . Further denial for him to receive appropriate medical attention overseas could cause him his life or permanent paralysis since presently he is bed ridden .
Further Worried: That yesterday 5th February ,2018 he appeared in court on a stretcher from the National Hospital on the Order of the Court against medical recommendation considering the grave danger he is going through.
Aware :That it only the living that can answer to charges of criminal offence and Olisa Metuh a Lawyer I know will not become a fugitive because of the charges he is facing if granted a leave to obtain treatment for a given period of time and come back to continue with his trial since he is already on bail and there is surety .
Further Aware : That the same court has granted some other persons on similar charges leave to travel overseas for medical attention but has consistently denied the request by Olisa Metuh. And it is perceived as different strokes for different folks without contesting the description of the court .
Resolves: Urge the Attorney General of the Federation and Federal High Court Abuja to grant Olisa Metuh access to medical attention overseas until he is fit to continue with his trials.
Mandate The House Committees on Justice and Human Right to follow up and report back to the House within two weeks .