Another witness, a detective at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Junaid Sa’aid, yesterday testified against the embattled Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, to the effect that the politician might have collected an additional $2 million from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) when Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) was in charge.
Sa’aid, being the eighth prosecution witness since the commencement of Metuh’s investigation for alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal, said the amount was suspected to have been taken from the N10 billion withdrawn by Dasuki for PDP convention for which a fresh charge would be preferred against Dasuki soon.
The witness, however, told the court that he had no substantive evidence to show that Metuh actually collected the money. Rather, his assumption was based on the fact that four days after the said sum of N10 billion was withdrawn by Dasuki and converted into $47 million, one Nneka Ararume brought $2 million to invest in IRM, a financial institution. Sa’aid also corroborated earlier witnesses that Metuh might have collected N400 million from Dasuki, adding that about N50 million out of the N400 million was converted to his personal use.
According to Sa’aid, who was testifying before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Metuh used part of the money to buy property at Banana Island, Lagos.
When cross-examined by Metuh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Sa’aid, however, admitted that the money the accused person received from NSA followed due process.
The EFCC detective also revealed that Metuh did not eat his statement, contrary to reports that he did, but that he simply tore it.
Justice Abang adjourned the case till February 18 at the instance of the defendants to enable them open their defence.
Source: The Guardian
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