The trial of a former National Publicity of the Peoples Democratic , Olisa Metuh, proceeded before the Federal High Court in Abuja in his absence and that of his lawyers on Friday .

Metuh had , since his fall in court on Monday , been absent from the trial .

No lawyer in the defendant ’s defence team led by Etiaba and another Senior Advocate of Nigeria , Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, attended the Thursday and Friday proceedings.

Justice Okon Abang was forced to adjourn on Thursday due to the absence of legal representation for Metuh on Thursday .

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But on Friday , the judge ordered the continuation of the trial after overruling an objection to the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ’s lawyer , Mr . Sylvanus Tahir , for the trial to proceed in the absence of Metuh and his lawyers .

The objection was raised by Mr . Tochukwu Onwugbufor ( SAN ) , the counsel for Metuh’s co -accused , Destra Investment Limited , who had argued that the law never envisaged that a criminal trial would ever be conducted behind a defendant and his counsel .

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But in dismissing the objection , Justice Abang ruled that although the court had ruled that the matter would proceed in Metuh’s absence , the absence of the defence team was designed to frustrate the trial .