Posted by News Express | 9 February 2016 | 2,350 times
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.
He added that about N77.5 million was allegedly paid to one CMC Connect for campaign publicity for the PDP while N25 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 N5 million from the said money while the Chairman, Board of Trustees of PDP, Tony Anenih, received the sum of N21.7 billion.
He also told Justice Obong Abang that N500 million 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 N10 billion 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 Mr 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 N400 million that was fraudulently transferred to Mr Metuh and his company by the former NSA, the accused person kept N50 million 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. (Channels TV)
•Photo shows Olisa Metuh.
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