The spokesman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh has been granted bail on Tuesday January 19 by a Federal High Court in Abuja on the condition that he pays a sum of N400 million as bond and provide two sureties with N200 million each.
According to the High Court, the sureties must have properties within the Maitama district of the FCT and reside in Abuja. They are also to submit the Certificate of Occupancy of the properties to the Chief Registrar of the court for verification, as well as submit their three years tax clearance. They will also swear affidavit of means of livelihood with two passport photographs. Metuh will also have to submit his International passport.
Metuh was arrested two weeks ago in relation to the $2.1 billion arms deal, allegedly part of the funds meant for the procurement of arms, but which was released to him for campaign activities of the PDP by the immediate past National security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), who is also facing other charges bordering on the diversion of the said arms funds.
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Reacting to his arrest, PDP lawmakers in the House of Representatives had ordered the EFCC to release Metuh within 48 hours, saying it is unconstitutional to detain anyone who has not been charged for a crime by a competent court of jurisdiction.
Following the release of Lawal Jafaru Isa who was arrested on Wednesday 5th 2016 along side Metuh over the same issue barely eight hours after, the opposition party, PDP expressed its dissatisfaction by staging a protest on Sunday 10th January 2016, demanding his release.
Last week, Chief Metuh was summoned in a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a 7-count charge of corruption and money laundering which he pleaded not guilty . The judge, Justice Okon deferred his bail hearing till January 19th and ordered that he be remanded in Kuje jail.