Witness Testifies Metuh Used Funds From NSA To Buy Property
The trial of the National Publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued today at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Chief Olisa Metuh was charged to court by the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for illegally receiving funds from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is also on trial.
A prosecuting witness testified against Metuh today. The witness Junaid Sa’ad, a detective with the EFCC told the court that Chief Metuh had indeed received sums thought to be a little over 2 million dollars from the NSA.
A wealth manager had earlier testified that she had received 2 million dollars from Metuh which she had allegedly received in cash.
Junaid Sa’ad told the court, “Investigations revealed that all this money was used for PDP campaign activities and for personal use by the first defendant. The money used for PDP campaign activities were from the sum of N400m. Among the disbursement made, the sum of N77.5m was paid to CMC connect for campaign activities; the sum of N25m was paid to Abba Dabo for campaign activities; and the sum of N21.7m was paid to Chief Tony Anenih. Another sum of N5m was discovered to have been paid to Chief Kema Chikwe, and the sum of N50m was found to have been transferred to a joint account of the first defendant and his wife.
“The sum of N500m was also discovered to have been transferred to Daniel Ford International Limited in two tranches of N200m and N300m for the purpose of buying landed property at Banana Island, Lagos, by Metuh.
Junaid also told the court that Olisa Metuh had torn up the statement he had written while he was in custody of the EFCC.
“He endorsed the first sheet, he endorsed the second sheet; when he was to endorse the third sheet in which he had stated that the money he received from ONSA was used for PDP campaign activities to settle his personal debts, to the surprise of the team he suddenly tore the sheet. The pieces of the torn sheets were then recovered from him and registered as exhibit.” Junaid said.