Thursday, January 14, 2016

EFCC Files 7-Count Charge Against Olisa Metuh As Court Adjourns Sitting To Tuesday

Chief Olisa Metuh of the PDP is being grilled By the EFCC in connection to his alleged involvement in ArmsGate

A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama Abuja, has adjourned sitting in the case involving the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh till Tuesday, January 20, 2016.

Embattled Metuh, who was arrested on January 5, has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he is being interrogated over his alleged involvement in the diversion and sharing of the $2.1bn arms funds by a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. 

The Federal government through the anti-graft agency says it has filed a seven count charge of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering against him. Mr Metuh, according to the charges, transferred the sum of $1 million dollars through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie iyenome of Capital Field Investment committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act, Channelstv reports. 

He is also accused of receiving the sum of N400 million from the office of the former NSA, Dasuki, without a contract contrary to the Money Laundering Act and then converting the said money to funds for political activities of the People’s Democratic Party. Five commercial banks, a representative in the Office of the National Security Adviser, three investment houses and eight individuals were listed as witnesses in the suit. 

Meanwhile, during the court sitting, Metuh presented two pleas, one of which bordered on whether the Magistrate Court that sanctioned his continued detention has jurisdiction on such matters. The other prayer is on whether the EFCC was right to have continued to keep him in detention. But the trial judge, Justice Abang Okon, however, refused to rule on whether the Magistrates’ Court has jurisdiction or not. 

The judge however handed the EFCC a five-day ultimatum to respond to the other plea.

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