After a protracted trial, a Federal High Court sitting in
Abuja has found Olisa Metuh, former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
guilty of corruption charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) and sentenced him to 7 years in prison.
The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, was unanimous in his
judgment, noting, according to Channels
TV, that he (in this case Metuh) who had planted thorns cannot reap flowers.
For genuine anti-corruption advocates who have followed the case, and indeed read the judgment, it is an hour of massive relief. Out there, many are jubilant.
While Metuh’s conviction is a triumph for justice and Nigeria’s
anti-corruption advocacy, we as a nation must remain alert and avoid the duvet
of complacency: Metuh’s conviction in no way erases the morbid reality that
Nigeria is still plagued by a pestilent gaggle of crooks.
The battle for sanitizing Nigeria continues. Apparently.