Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has torn a confessional
statement he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, a top
operative of the commission has said.
confided in one of our correspondents on Tuesday, alleged that Metuh
tore the statement when it was brought to him for his signature.
spokesman tore the statement he had earlier made to shreds and attempted
to put the pieces in his mouth when operatives stopped him.
for allegedly receiving N1.4bn meant for the purchase of arms from a
former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
believed that the PDP spokesman destroyed the statement after realising
the gravity of the evidence against him.
commission was considering filing additional charges against Metuh for
allegedly destroying a major evidence in the case against him.
to wilful destruction of government property and it is a serious
offence. Also, the fact that he obstructed operatives from performing
their job is a criminal offence.
filing a separate charge against him at the Federal Capital Territory
High Court,” the source said.
Ihediwa, to react to this latest development did not succeed as calls
to his mobile telephone indicated that it was switched off.
investigators discovered that Destra Investment Limited was used to fund
the PDP’s activities, including its 2015 campaigns.
had N6, 676,576.06 as of November 24, 2014, recorded a balance of
N1.4bn by last December.
N400m from the Office of National Security Adviser on November 24, 2014;
N253m on December 2 and 4, 2014 from Ibrahim Kabiru, whose identity had
yet to be confirmed; N91m on December 2, 2014 from Capital Field
Investment; and N92m on December 3, 2014.
longer speak to investigators about the N400m he collected from former
President Goodluck Jonathan.
operatives that he received N400m from Jonathan, but refused to disclose
what the money was meant for or for what job.
Ihediwa, in Abuja on Tuesday, Metuh claimed that he executed a project
for the former President but refused to explain the job he executed for
the ex-President that fetched him the huge sum.
strike, said he would only disclose the job he did for the defeated
former President in an open court.
rights, he has since given his statement to the EFCC wherein he
submitted that he received the sum of N400m from the former President
for an assignment, which he executed to the satisfaction of the former
Metuh has also indicated his readiness to make public the nature of this
assignment, but only in an open court in line with the laws of the
land, and where his statement would not be distorted by anybody.”
House of Representatives has demanded the release of the PDP
spokesperson from the custody of the EFCC within 48 hours.
Leo Ogor, a member of the PDP from Delta State, who spoke on behalf of
the caucus, clarified that the demand did not mean that the lawmakers
were against the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.
corruption or any corrupt person, but due process must be followed.
Metuh has been arrested and kept in detention for nine, almost 10 days,
court of competent jurisdiction or granted an administrative bail as has
been done in cases involving other persons.”
former Kaduna State military governor, Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa, a “known
associate” of President Muhammadu Buhari, was also detained by the EFCC
for receiving N170m from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
the refund of money, then we have missed the point. The point is ‘why
keep a man in detention endlessly without trial’? It is not the duty of
the EFCC to direct anybody to refund money. That is the responsibility
of the courts.’’
Kwon, told one of our correspondents that he was not at the place where
the incident allegedly happened.
Wilson Uwujaren, to confirm Metuh’s action, had not succeeded as of the
time of sending this report as calls to his mobile telephone did not
Representatives in its plenary session on Tuesday debated a bill to
amend the EFCC Act 2004.
restructure the composition of the EFCC by introducing various
professional bodies into its operations.
to seize funds held in the bank accounts of individuals, which the
owners could not defend or explain their sources.
need to professionalise the EFCC so that the agency can be sound in
Aminu Suleiman expressed fears that introducing “external bodies” like
the Nigerian Bar Association could politicise the operations of the
themselves political bodies in a way because they have political
affiliations. At the end of the day, they will rather delay the work of
the commission than speeding it up,” Namdas stated.
was referred to the House Committee on Financial Crimes by the Speaker,
Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
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