As the resumed trial of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Spokesperson, Chief Olisa Metuh on Thursday, a witness told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he received the sum of N25 million from Metuh.
Abba Dabo, a former Special Adviser to the President in the office of the Vice President, testified that he got the amount on December 5, 2014 for publicity for the PDP and the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Dabo is a former editor of Sunday New Nigeria and Gashiye Tafikwabo, an Hausa newspaper, stated that to carry out the publicity, he set up platforms such as ‘Whatsapp Nigeria’ and ‘Media Support’.
Dabo, who was testifying as the seventh prosecution witness against Metuh, said he returned the money on his own volition in January 2016 due to media publications indicating that it was sourced from funds meant for procurement of arms.
He said the N25m was paid to him through Metuh’s firm, Destra Investment Limited’s account, on December 16, 2014, five days after former President Goodluck Jonathan and Sambo emerged as the PDP’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the party at the party’s nomination convention.The witness, who was led in evidence by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel Sylvanus Tahir however explained that he returned the money to the commission in 2016 after he read in the newspapers that it might have been sourced from ‘a botched arms deal.
Under cross examination by Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Dabo admitted that he did not ask Metuh the source of the money.
Metuh was arraigned by the EFCC on charges of money laundering after he allegedly received the sum of N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.
Metuh had said the money was for the purchase of three Hilux van and for job he did for the presidency.