Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has been asked to compel the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, to face trial over his alleged role in the illegal diversion of funds meant for the procurement of arms.
Chief Metuh has been arraigned by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for sharing in the money meant for the purchase of arms to fight insuurgency in the north eastern part of the country.
After EFCC has called eight witnesses to aid its prosecution, Metuh’s suddenly turned around to submit a “no case submission”
But anti-graft agency said it has enogh evidence to link Metuh with the disappearance of $2.1billion that was meant for the procurement of arms, through his company, Destra Investment Limited, that pocketed N400million.
And for this, according to EFCC, the trial Judge should ask Metuh to explain his role in the whole saga.
It said the fund was electronically wired from an account the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to Metuh, through account no. 0040437573, which his firm operated with Diamond Bank Plc.
Aside the N400m he got from ONSA, EFCC also alleged that the PDP spokesman received $2m out of $47m it said former President Goodluck Jonathan shared to chieftains of the party, prior to the 2015 presidential election.
The commission said its investigations had revealed that the $47m was a product of N10bn the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), withdrew from the CBN and handed over to ex-President Jonathan on November 27, 2014.
The fund was allegedly shared by Jonathans Aide-de-Camp, ADC, to PDP members that attended the party’s convention in Abuja.