Family of the embattled former national spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, has revealed that Mr Metuh is open and willing to refund the N400m slush cash he received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki.
According to a representative of the family, Mr. Metuh is ready to return the funds “even right now”, if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would stop his prosecution for corruption.
Speaking on behalf of the family. Mr. Metuh’s brother, Gilbert Metuh, disclosed the family’s position in a statement he released in Abuja today.
According to Gilbert Metuh, his brother was in December 2015 invited by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki when the issue of the N400 million came up.
Gilbert Metuh claimed that his embattled brother had made enquires regarding the source of the N400m with a clear statement to Col Dasuki NSA that if the source of the money were from government coffers, he was “willing to refund accordingly” not minding that the money had been spent as directed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“May we also point out that since his arrest and even up to about a week ago, our son has made several overtures to the arresting authority for him to refund the money since they now claim in court that it came from government coffers. All efforts have been unsuccessful.
“It is instructive that out of over 300 names listed as having received money from the NSA, all those who offered to refund money were not arraigned in court.
“Our son is the only one whose offer to refund money was rejected and has been arraigned in court and his case given accelerated hearing. On each trial date the hostility in the courtroom is palpable.
“As we speak to you the offer to refund the money to the federal government is still open and the government is yet to accept the offer. It is therefore clear to us that the intention is not the recovery of funds but a clear persecution of our son.”
The family also remarked on the refusal of the Federal High Court to grant Mr. Metuh permission to travel to London for medical attention.
Mr. Metuh had collapsed at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja some a few weeks ago, but some cynics believe it was a mere ploy to receive permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.
A source within the EFCC told reporters that, if Mr. Metuh were granted permission to travel abroad, he would use medical doctors to perpetually postpone his return to face prosecution.