Court admits evidence on Olisa Metuh’s N400m alleged fraud case

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, has admitted into evidence, records of expenditure of the N400m the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, is alleged to have fraudulently received.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, admitted the document titled ‘President National Assignment Account’ into evidence and marked it as exhibit D20.

Metuh had testified that the N400m was paid to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan for a special national assignment.

He had also testified that he disbursed the money under the directives of the former president, after which he also tendered account with receipts of payments to him.

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Metuh, who was led in evidence by his counsel, Abel Ozioko, at the resumed hearing on Tuesday, confirmed that no part of the N400m was used for the campaign activities of the PDP.

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He said it was exclusively used for the presidential special national assignment.

The records of account tendered by Metuh contained details of the disbursements and signatures of those who received funds in the execution of the said special national assignment.

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Metuh further told the court that he had no dealings with an aide of the former vice president, Abba Dabo, the seventh prosecution witness, with regard to the special national assignment.

He explained that the N25m he paid to Dabo was from the PDP for PDP activities and not from the N400m.

He said this was because Dabo did not carry out any role in the special national assignment and was never assigned any role in the project.

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“All the dealings I had with Dabo had nothing to do with the special national assignment.

“Nothing about Dabo was contained in the record of account submitted to the former president and there is no record of payment made to Dabo in the special national assignment,” Metuh said.

According to Metuh, I had previously testified in court that, as National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, I usually made payment from my personal resources for party activities after which I got refunds from the party.

He drew the attention of the court to exhibit D11 tendered by the Head of PDP Publicity Directorate, Mrs. Chinwe Nnorom.

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The exhibit reflected a refund of N25m to Metuh for the fund he paid to Dabo for a project he carried out for the party.
Metuh said he was shocked that Dabo did not ask him about the source of the N25m refunded him by the party before refunding same to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Abang adjourned the matter until April 10 for continuation of trial.

Metuh is standing trial along with his company, Destra Investment Limited, on seven counts, which involves laundering of $2m.

He is also charged with fraudulently receiving N400m from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

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