Justice Okon Abang, the Federal High Court Judge who handed over a\u00a07 year jail sentence to Olisa Metuh\u00a0in the N400m fraud case against him, was his course mate at the Nigerian Law School.\n\nThough the\u00a0former PDP National Secretary accused his former course mate at the Nigerian Law School\u00a0of being antagonistic to him and also\u00a0lost a bid to get the case reassigned to another judge, Justice Okon Abang insisted that he did what was best for Metuh and also needed to act without fear or favour.\n\nBefore ruling on the case, the\u00a0Federal High Court Judge recounted how Metuh's lawyers ''humiliated the court'' and even took the matter to international press. Abang also disclosed that God did not answer his prayer for the case to be reassigned to another judge.\n\nHe said on Tuesday February 25;\n\u201cI cannot in this forum state all the negative things I passed through in this matter. God has been so faithful to me in this matter. May His name be praised.\n\n\u201cThe convict and his counsel, especially Emeka Etiaba (SAN) and Ikpeazu (SAN), used every opportunity open to them to humiliate the court, writing hopeless, reckless and frivolous petitions against the court.\n\n\u201cThey even took the matter to the international press. The day the first convict fell down, it was aired on CNN just to have unmerited sympathy, portraying the court in bad light.\n\n\u201cIt was only God that used my immediate family to sustain me throughout the four years of hostility coming from the team of lawyers.\n\n\u201cIt was only a few weeks to the end of the proceedings that the convict and his team of lawyers began to defend him in court. Before then, they had thoroughly humiliated me just because I discharged my function without fear or favour.\n\n\u201cI had nobody to speak for me except God that sustained me throughout this period of hostility meted to me by the first convict.\n\n\u201cEven during this period, I prayed that my employer should withdraw the file from me but God did not answer my prayers. I did not assign this case to this court, I did not in any way, direct the first convict to dissipate public funds. \n\n\u201cWhen the EFCC applied to court to revoke the bail of the convict because he wasn\u2019t in court, I had sympathy for him and did not revoke his bail. I gave him an opportunity to be in court and adjourned the matter to a later date.\n\n\u201cThe next appearance, the convict was in a stretcher motionless, just to portray the court as being heartless and inhuman because I did not release his international passport for him to travel out of the country \u2013a decision that has been affirmed on appeal.\n\n\u201cHe came in a stretcher without any medical personnel except the people that accompanied him to court. He asked for four weeks adjournment and I gave him six weeks. Thereafter, he appealed. The court of appeal dismissed the appeal and held that the judge that gave him six weeks adjournment when he asked for four weeks, cannot be biased against him.\n\n"On February 23, 2017, one of the senior counsels that appeared for the convict, openly accused the court of bias and applied that the court should recuse itself from the matter.\n\n\u201cAnd if one may ask the reason for the application, it was because I delivered a ruling against the first convict. The law is settled that a party or counsel cannot in the open court accuse the court of bias. That is contempt in the face of the court. \n\n\u201cI would have summarily dealt with the learned senior counsel, Ikpeazu, but having been trained to have the patience of the biblical Job, I developed thick skin over the contemptuous conduct of Dr. Ikpeazu and allowed him to go home, not out of fear or cowardice. The court had to show maturity and restraint at that trying period.\n\n\u201cI have forgiven the first convict and if there is anything within my powers to do, I will do. I have also forgiven Emeka Etiaba (SAN) that took this matter so personal against my person for doing nothing. I have forgiven Ikpeazu (SAN) too that maltreated me during this period of hostility.\u201d\nRecall that asides sentencing Olisa Metuh to 7 years in prison, Justice Okon Abang also ordered the convict to\u00a0pay a fine of N375m to the Federal Government. Metuh's firm, Destra Investments was\u00a0ordered to pay N25m to the Federal Government.\nThe Federal High Court Judge also ordered the winding up Destra Investments, closure of its accounts\u00a0in Diamond Bank and Asset Resource Management, and the forfeiture of the money in the accounts\u00a0to the Federal Government.