A witness on Wednesday testified before the Federal High Court in
Abuja revealing that the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party,
Olisa Metuh, had N400 million paid into his account on November 24, 2014
by the office of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Mr. Metuh for allegedly receiving N400 million from Mr. Dasuki.
The money is believed to be part of an alleged $2.1 billion Mr. Dasuki is accused of diverting while he was NSA.
The witness, Eno Mfon Effiong, a staff of Diamond Bank, is the
fourth Prosecution Witness ((PW4) to testify before Justice Okon Abang
on the case involving Mr. Metuh.
She is a customer relations manager at the bank, with the
responsibility of attending to customer requests, packaging credits
facilities, and managing customers’ accounts.
Ms Effiong informed the court that she managed Dextra Investment
Limited account since Feb 10,2014 when the company opened the account at
She said the company operated five accounts and that Mr. Metuh once
demanded statements of his account, which was delivered to him in his
At that point, Mr. Metuh’s lawyer, Emeka Etiaba, objected to the presentation of some documents by the witness.
Mr. Itiaba told the court that one of the documents, a letter, did not relate to the statement of the witness.
He further argued that the witness is not the originator of the
documents presented and should therefore not testify regarding it.
Mr. Itiaba prayed the court to discountenance the documents tendered
by the witness, saying most of them did not comply with section 84 of
the Evidence Act.
Responding, however, the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, urged
the court to dismiss the objection for lack of merit, stating that its
aim was to mislead the court.
Mr. Tahir’s prayer was upheld by Justice Abang.
Earlier, the judge turned down the request of Mr. Itiaba who prayed
the court to stay proceedings on Mr. Metuh’s substantive suit, following
the absence of the defendant’s lead counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu.
Mr. Itiaba had told the court that Mr. Ikpeazu could not make it to
the session, as he was attending to an election matter, which was time
bound at the Supreme Court.
But in his submission, Mr. Abang held that Mr. Ikpeazu failed to inform the court in writing about his absence.
The Judge said Mr. Itiaba cannot be allowed to make such an appeal through the backdoor for Mr. Ikpeazu.
He therefore ruled that the hearing continue after the ruling on Mr.
Metuh’s application for the variation of the terms of his (Mr Metuh’s)
As part of his ruling on the application for the variation, Mr. Abang
adjusted an earlier decision he made on the expected location of assets
belonging to Mr. Metuh’s sureties.
Mr. Abang, who had earlier ruled that the sureties must have assets
only in Maitama area of Abuja, said the sureties could now have assets
from any part of the Federal Capital.
He however added that no further appeals would be considered on the
variation of bail terms, stressing that the defendants had the
prerogative of appealing the decision of the court in a higher court if
they were not satisfied by it.