Metuh tore confessional statement, says EFCC source
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic
Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has torn a confessional statement
he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, a top operative of the commission has said.
The top officer of the commission, who confided in one of
our correspondents on Tuesday, alleged that Metuh tore the
statement when it was brought to him for his signature.
The source alleged that the PDP spokesman tore the
statement he had earlier made to shreds and attempted to
put the pieces in his mouth when operatives stopped him.
Metuh was arrested by the EFCC last week for allegedly
former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki
The source said the interrogators believed that the PDP
spokesman destroyed the statement after realising the
gravity of the evidence against him.
The top operative added that the commission was
considering filing additional charges against Metuh for
allegedly destroying a major evidence in the case against
He added that the action of the PDP spokesman amounted
to a wilful damage of government property.
“The tearing of statement is tantamount to wilful
destruction of government property and it is a serious
offence. Also, the fact that he obstructed operatives from
performing their job is a criminal offence.
against him at the Federal Capital Territory High Court,” the
Efforts to get Metuh’s aide, Mr. Richard Ihediwa, to react to
this latest development did not succeed as calls to his
mobile telephone indicated that it was switched off.
There was a report last week that the EFCC was
investigating the account of Destra Investment Limited,
owned by Metuh.
According to the report, the EFCC investigators discovered
that Destra Investment Limited was used to fund the PDP’s
activities, including its 2015 campaigns.
The EFCC alleged that the company, which had N6,
676,576.06 as of November 24, 2014, recorded a balance of
N1.4bn by last December.
Some of the deposits in the account are N400m from the
Office of National Security Adviser on November 24, 2014;
N253m on December 2 and 4, 2014 from Ibrahim Kabiru,
whose identity had yet to be confirmed; N91m on
December 2, 2014 from Capital Field Investment; and N92m
on December 3, 2014.
Meanwhile, Metuh has said he will no longer speak to
investigators about the N400m he collected from former
President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said rather, he would only speak in an open court.
Metuh had admitted before the EFCC operatives that he
received N400m from Jonathan, but refused to disclose
what the money was meant for or for what job.
In a statement by his Special Assistant, Ihediwa, in Abuja on
Tuesday, Metuh claimed that he executed a project for the
former President but refused to explain the job he executed
for the ex-President that fetched him the huge sum.
Metuh, who is said to be on hunger strike, said he would
only disclose the job he did for the defeated former
President in an open court.
Ihediwa said, “In exercise of his rights, he has since given
his statement to the EFCC wherein he submitted that he
received the sum of N400m from the former President for
an assignment, which he executed to the satisfaction of the
“In further exercise of his rights, Metuh has also indicated
his readiness to make public the nature of this assignment,
but only in an open court in line with the laws of the land,
and where his statement would not be distorted by
Meanwhile, the caucus of the PDP in the House of
Representatives has demanded the release of the PDP
spokesperson from the custody of the EFCC within 48
The Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor, a member
of the PDP from Delta State, who spoke on behalf of the
caucus, clarified that the demand did not mean that the
lawmakers were against the anti-corruption war of the
Ogor added, “We are not in support of corruption or any
corrupt person, but due process must be followed. Metuh
has been arrested and kept in detention for nine, almost 10
days, without trial.
“We insist that he should be taken to a court of competent
jurisdiction or granted an administrative bail as has been
done in cases involving other persons.”
The caucus recalled that like Metuh, former Kaduna State
military governor, Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa, a “known
associate” of President Muhammadu Buhari, was also
detained by the EFCC for receiving N170m from former
National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
However, the PDP observed that in the case of Jafaru, he
was granted bail soon after his arrest by the anti-graft
“Isa Jafaru was granted bail after the EFCC chairman
(Ibrahim Magu) visited Aso Rock. What does that tell us?”
The EFCC had said Isa was granted bail after he refunded
N100m from the N170m he collected from Dasuki.
Ogor added, “If you make a reference to the refund of
money, then we have missed the point. The point is ‘why
keep a man in detention endlessly without trial’? It is not the
duty of the EFCC to direct anybody to refund money. That is
the responsibility of the courts.’’
PDP’s National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon, told one of
our correspondents that he was not at the place where the
incident allegedly happened.
Kwon said, “I wasn’t there and I won’t want to react to
“Only those who were there can confirm or deny whether
the incident took place or not.”
Efforts to get the EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, to
confirm Metuh’s action, had not succeeded as of the time
of sending this report as calls to his mobile telephone did
In a related development, the House of Representatives in
its plenary session on Tuesday debated a bill to amend the
EFCC Act 2004.
The bill, which was sponsored by Mr. Nicholas Ossai, seeks
to restructure the commission and strengthen it.
The bill, among others, seeks to restructure the composition
of the EFCC by introducing various professional bodies into
It also seeks to empower the commission to seize funds
held in the bank accounts of individuals, which the owners
could not defend or explain their sources.
A member, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, said, “We need to
professionalise the EFCC so that the agency can be sound
in fighting corruption.”
But members like Abdulrazak Namdas and Aminu Suleiman
expressed fears that introducing “external bodies” like the
Nigerian Bar Association could politicise the operations of
“These professional bodies are themselves political bodies
in a way because they have political affiliations. At the end
of the day, they will rather delay the work of the
commission than speeding it up,” Namdas stated.
On his part, Suleiman said, “Bringing in other organs to be
part of the EFCC will politicise the commission.”
The bill passed its second reading and was referred to the
House Committee on Financial Crimes by the Speaker, Mr.