PROSECUTOR CLOSES CASE IN METUH’S TRIAL

 PROSECUTOR CLOSES CASE IN METUH’S TRIAL

The prosecution has closed its case against the spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh.

The case was closed after the 8th prosecution witness briefed the court on how Mr Metuh had destroyed his statement during investigation by the anti-graft agency.

Under cross examination, the witness, Mr Junaid Sa’id, said that after Mr Metuh had written in his statement that the monies he received from the Office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki, was for campaign activities as approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan and for the payment of his personal debt.

 

ALLEGED PAID MONIES

He added that about 77.5 million was allegedly paid to one CMC Connect for campaign publicity for the PDP while 25 million was giving to one Abba Dabo for the same purpose.

The witness, who is an investigative officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also told the court that the National Women Leader of the PDP, Kema Chikwe, got five million Naira from the said money while the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Tony Anenih, received the sum of 21.7 billion Naira.

He also told Justice Obong Abang that 500 million Naira was paid in two tranches to a company, Daniel Ford International, by Mr Metuh for the purchase of a landed property at Banana Island in Lagos State.

The witness said that ‎investigations revealed that the former NSA had on November 27, 2014, made a 10 billion Naira withdrawal from the Central Bank of Nigeria and converted same to $47 million which was shared to some PDP party members at its national convention.

According to him, the two million dollars allegedly laundered by the PDP spokesman is strongly linked to the said withdrawal.

It was four days after the disbursements that Mister Metuh gave the money to his then wealth manager, Nneka Ararume, he claimed.

The official of the EFCC further told the court that out of the 400 million Naira that was fraudulently transferred to Mr Metuh and his company by the former NSA, the accused person kept 50 million Naira for himself

But when asked if there was any documentary evidence to substantiate his testimony, the witness ‎answered in the negative.

‎The trial judge then adjourned the case till February 18 for the defence to open its case

LTV

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