The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh may be investigated over the allegations that he received N400 million from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
According to a source from the EFCC, Metuh might be questioned or even arrested any moment from now on his involvement in the money meant to purchase arms which has been traced to him and a company where he has a very big share which was used to siphon money from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
“We have been able to establish that two of his [Metuh’s] registered companies were used to launder money to some key members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He has several questions to answer. And we will soon invite him officially for interrogation,” the source said.
We believe the alarm he raised on Tuesday was unnecessary and it was an attempt to pre-empt our move. But he has failed. Some of these suspects believe they can use the media to forestall our determination to get them to account for their dirty deals and it would not work for them,” the source added.
The EFCC source who chose to remain anonymous because of the sensitive nature of the matter stated further that there are some documentary evidence which will expose that Metuh was receiving some money running to several millions of naira monthly from the ONSA and another through a company named Dietras.
When asked about how the commission would handle the controversial situation, following the position of Metuh to the ruling party, the source said, “We are not interested in his office but in the public money that found its way into his hands”.
Speaking on the planned invitation from the EFCC, Metuh replied that though he is yet to receive any invitation, he is not afraid of any questioning from any agency.
Moreso, in a statement signed by his special assistant, Richard Ihediwa, Metuh accused the EFCC of using the media to prosecute its suspects, saying that the development could only happen under a tyrannical system of government. He referred to it as a prelude for abuse and violation of their freedom and rights under the law.
It is instructive to observe that a mere media campaign of calumny does not in any way whatsoever translate to any evidence of guilt. It is rather an evidence of infringement on the rights of the citizenry and manifestation of the reign of tyranny.
In a democratic and civilized country, where there are issues that require investigations by such agencies, invitations are duly extended. However, to read daily of people being investigated in select newspapers betrays plots to portray them as guilty of fraud and crime, and targeted to convey the PDP as a corrupt party and the APC as party of Nigerians without sin.
Meanwhile, Olisa Metuh had on Tuesday December 15, 2015 raised an alarm that President Mohammadu Buhari had made all necessary plans to silence him.
His statement reads:
In the last seven months, as opposition spokesperson, I have been hounded, harassed, intimidated and threatened severally. In order to avoid personal and family pressure, I had refrained from bringing them to the public domain,”
However, on account of recent information available to me, I now have cause to believe that the federal government is desperate and may have finalized plans to silence me.
Nevertheless, I make bold to state the following: As someone who has been a private person, having not taken any public office, the choice of where, how and when to invest and conduct my personal business remains my prerogative.
In this regard, I note that I never had any contract dealings with the immediate past federal government or any of its security apparatus; In the course of my duties as the national publicity secretary of our party, the then leader of our party and president of the federal republic of Nigeria invited me and directed that I carry out some assignment relating to my office and which he duly funded.
It is important to note that the former president was fully satisfied with the way and manner I handled the assignment. Finally, I reiterate that the present government should not use the apparatus of state power to settle personal scores,”
Currently, no further information has been given by the EFCC as to when the questioning will be done. More so, Dasuki is currently being held by the DSS despite being released on bail by two courts. President Buhari has explained that this is to prevent him from fleeing the country and escaping justice.