A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh remain in Kuje Prison till January 19th. Metuh was this morning arraigned before Justice Abang Okon. Olisa Metuh was summoned on a 7-count charge of corruption and money laundering. He pleaded not guilty to the charges read to him. The judge, Justice Okon deferred his bail hearing till January 19th and ordered that he be remanded in Kuje jail.
On January 5th, Metuh was arrested regarding 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 NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is also facing other charges bordering on the diversion of said arms funds.
The court’s order came after the Metuh’s oral bail was denied. After taking his plea, counsel to the PDP spokesperson, Ifedayo Adedikpe prayed the court to permit him make an oral bail application for his client. But that was denied by the court.
Justice Okon further adjourned the case to Tuesday, January 19 for hearing on bail application.
The Economic and Financial crimes commission EFCC had on the 7th of January obtained a court order to detain the PDP national Publicity secretary. Metuh who was arraigned along with his firm, Destra Investments Limited which the EFCC alleged to be involved in the laundering case marked FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2016. It was said that Metuh and Destra through their account with Diamond Bank Plc collected the sum of N400m from the NSA office on November 22, 2015, for PDP’s campaign activities which was tagged as “part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity”.
Just a few days back, PDP lawmakers in the House of Representatives ordered the EFCC to release Metuh within 48 hours, saying its is unconstitutional to detain anyone who has not been charged for a crime by a competent court of jurisdiction.
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