Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, was on Thursday released from Kuje custodial centre, Abuja.
Metuh’s release is coming one week after the Court of Appeal nullified his conviction and ordered his retrial.
He was released from custody 10 months after he was jailed seven years over charges of N400 million money laundering on February 25, by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Humphrey Chukwuedo, confirmed Metuh’s release.
“I can confirm that Metuh has been released from custody, ” he stated.
Pictures on social media also showed the former PDP spokesman being led out of the facility by senior correctional officers.
Court of Appeal penultimate Wednesday quashed his conviction on the basis of bias established against Justice Abang.
The court also sent the case for retrial with instructions that it should be reassigned to a different judge.
Metuh had in the course of his trial accused the judge of bias but his protests were dismissed by Abang who subsequently convicted him.
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it will approach the Supreme Court to set aside the December 16 decision of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, quashing Metuh’s conviction.
It noted that the court restricted itself to only two grounds of the appeal that dwelled on the alleged bias of the trial judge but failed to examine the merit of Abang’s judgment.