Me­tuh to re­turn N400m ‘in sup­port of anti-graft war’

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

For­mer spokesman of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Olisa Me­tuh has said that his pro­posal to re­fund the sum of N400 mil­lion to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is to show sup­port for the anti-cor­rup­tion war,.

Me­tuh said this in a state­ment through his coun­sel, Onyechi Ik­peazu (SAN) yes­ter­day, adding that the ges­ture is a tes­ta­ment to his “sin­cer­ity, in­tegrity and hon­esty in this mat­ter.”

Me­tuh and his com­pany Des­tra In­vest­ments was in Jan­uary ar­raigned by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) be­fore an Abuja Fed­eral High Court on seven count charges of re­ceiv­ing the sum of N400 mil­lion arms funds from the for­mer NSA, Sambo Da­suki in De­cem­ber 2014.

Ik­peazu ex­plained that “as at the time the money was re­leased to him af­ter his pre­sen­ta­tion to the ex-Pres­i­dent (Good­luck Jonathan), our client had no knowl­edge of the source, a fact that is now ob­vi­ous from the ev­i­dence of the prose­cu­tion and de­fence witnesses.”

He said when the mat­ter was first men­tioned to Me­tuh when he was in­vited to the Of­fice of the Na­tional Security Ad­viser (ONSA) in De­cem­ber 2015, he re­quested to know the source of the money and ex­pressed his readi­ness to make re­funds if it was from gov­ern­ment cof­fers.

The EFCC had in Jan­uary said that Me­tuh vowed to starve rather than to re­turn the N400m traced to him, but few weeks back, Me­tuh’s fam­ily speak­ing through his brother, Gil­bert Metu, the PDP chief­tain was open to re­turn­ing the said money.

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