Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has told a Federal High Court how he expended the N400 million he collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.) in 2014.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a statement disclosed that Mr Metuh made the revelation before Justice Okon Abang.
The erstwhile publicity secretary was said to have explained that the fund was for “a special national assignment” in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.
Metuh is being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency along with his company, Destra Investment, on seven counts bordering on money laundering to the tune of N400 million.
Reacting to questions from the prosecution team, Mr Metuh emphasized that there was never an instance where former President Goodluck Jonathan directly paid any money to him.
He insisted that the N400 million was for the national assignment as directed by the then President.
Upon being shown the statement of his account which had N6.6 million before an inflow of N400 million into it on November 24, 2014, the former PDP spokesman informed the court how he disbursed the money which he said was for a national assignment.
He said there was an outflow of N7.5 million from the amount through a cheque to a company, CNC Connect on December 2, 2014, and another payment of N21.7 million to late Chief Tony Anenih and N50 million to Kanayo/Olisah.
On that same date, Metuh narrated that there was another outflow of N31.5 million to one Richard Ehidioha, adding that two separate payments of N200 million and N300 million were made to Daniel Ford International also on December 4, 2014.
Other subsequent expenditures, according to him, include payments to CNC Connect in the sum of N70 million on December 15, 2014; N25 million to Abba Dabo on December 16, 2014, and N5 million to Mrs Kema Chikwe.
Metuh also told the court that a final report he submitted to the former president had all the expenditures of the said N400 million, captured in receipts and signatures for all payment of monies in cash and through several accounts for the special assignment.
He said he had about 19 accounts of which more than five were in Diamond Bank, adding that he made an investment of $2 million in cash in ARM, through its official, Miss Nneka Ararume.
After the cross-examination, Justice Abang adjourned the matter until Monday next week for the continuation of trial.
EFCC boss, Magu charges youth to stand against corruption
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Friday challenged the Nigerian youth to always raise their voices against corruption, adding that the nation banks on them for a prosperous tomorrow.
The EFCC boss stated this in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during the 10-million-man march against corruption held in conjunction with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in all the state capitals across the country.
Magu, who was represented in Ibadan by the acting Zonal Head of the Commission Ibadan office, Bright Igeleke, urged the youth to always stand for what is right to ensure a better days for the country.
Themed “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption”, the exercise had as participants thousands of corps members and officials of the state NYSC led by the State Coordinator, Mrs. Eniola Ambekemo; State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mrs. Josephine Ruth Obi; State Director of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mrs. Dolapo Dosumu; Labour leaders members of the Civil Society Organisation; Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service, among may other stakeholders.
Ambekemo advised the youth to always stay away from crime and corruption tendencies, urging them to be good ambassadors of the nation and their respective communities.
Internet Fraud: EFCC nabs two brothers, 13 others in Ibadan
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan zonal office on Thursday, arrested two siblings – Olanrewaju Olatunji (19) and Femi Olatunji (29) – and thirteen others for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.
The suspects were apprehended at Alafara area of Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence earlier received on their alleged illegal activities.
The thirteen others, whose ages range between 16 and 48 years, include: Abiodun Ojo, Lawal Ahmed, Adedeji Olatunbosun, Adeniyi Ramon, and Oladipupo Oluwatobilola.
Others are: Ayomide Olawale, Elegbede Wale, Victor Adaramoye, Timileyin Adeniran, Kunmi Joshua, Tawfeeq Ibrahim, Funmbi Samuel and Adeyemo Yinka.
At the point of their arrest, three exotic cars, phones, laptops, international passports, Point of Sale (POS) machine, and some incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Why EFCC Galvanizes Youth For Its 10m-Man-March – Magu Gives Reason
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has identified the youth population as the most critical in effort to rescue Nigeria from the depressive effect of corruption.
Magu made the assertion in Ibadan on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 during a visit to the Chairman and proprietor of the popular Ibadan-based Splash FM, Chief Adebayo Akande.
The EFCC boss, who was represented by the head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, explained that the EFCC’s recognition of the importance of the youth demography to the development of the country informed its decision to centre the forthcoming 10-million-man-march against corruption around the youth.
The event which was slated for February 14 has the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and many youth-based organisations across the country as partners.
“Ours is a growing demography with more than 50 percent of youth population. We realized that if we can harness and attune their energy to positive use, our country’s desire to be a virile nation will be easily achieved.
“We also realise that the youth are mostly both the victims and perpetrators of the type of crimes our agency fights. We believe that if we enlist them and get them fully involved in the fight, the problems around the economic and financial crimes will be solve to a reasonable level.
“Once the youth take the leadership of the fight and apply their strength in its propagation, we are confident that the bulk of the Nigerian population will key into it and our country will be the ultimate beneficiary,” he said.
Ebeleo had early on Tuesday, February 4, appeared on Diamond 101.1 FM to feature on the Commission’s weekly enlightenment programme, EFCC Eagle Alert, to mobilise members of the University of Ibadan community and its environs for the march.
While responding to EFCC’s visit, Chief Akande pledged continued support of Splash FM and its sister stations – Lagelu FM, Ibadan and Splash FM, Abeokuta – in promoting the activities of the commission.
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