The Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Oliseh Metuh may have had it tough in the hands of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as he was Thursday seen at the Federal High Court Abuja with white and unkempt beards.
Metuh who appeared frazzled wore a red Igbo traditional chief’s cap with a white traditional dress to match.
The PDP chieftain and his company, Destra Investment Limited were arraigned on a seven-count charge of allegedly receiving stolen N400 million from ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The money was 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 arms funds.
An oral application for his bail was rejected following the prosecution’s opposition to it.
Ordering that Metuh be remanded in prison till January 19 when his lawyer’s formal application for bail will be heard, Justice Okon Abang directed the defence to file and serve the bail application within six hours from the time of delivering the ruling and also directed EFCC if it wishes, to file and serve its objection to it within 24 hours.
He ruled that the defence was at liberty to file a further response to EFCC’s objection to the bail application within five hours if it intended to, directing that the trial will commence on January 25 and would proceed daily.
The EFCC alleged in the laundering case, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2016, 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.
The prosecution alleged that the N400m was “part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity” of the immediate past NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
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