Metuh destroyed evidence because he said too much about Jonathan
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed what the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh said in the statement he supposedly tore. Junaid Said, an operative of the anti-graft agency, told the court that in the statement, PDP’s spokesman confirmed that he got N400 million arms money, which was used for political activities, his personal needs, and assignments delegated by former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, said that the investigation into $2,1bn arms deal showed that the agency received a petition in January 2016 from the office of the national security Sambo Dasuki, which supposed that N400 million was given to Destra Investment Limited, a company owned by Metuh. The witness stated that investigations disclosed that the transfer was done without any contract sanction. According to him the team visited the residence of Metuh at Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja, on January 5, and invited him to the commission. READ ALSO: Olisa Metuh attempts to eat statement he made to EFCC The politician honoured the summon and was quizzed by Ibrahim Musa, Michael Wetkas, Bello Umar, David Nkpe, Bello Adama and Eucharia Ibrahim
. The EFCC witness said the defendant offered a statement to the agency.
He said: “My Lord, when he concluded writing his statement, which was on four sheets of the EFCC statement form, I collected the statement and read over it, I then handed the statement over to my superiors Musa and Wetkas. “When I was handing over the statement, the defendant said he was surprised that he had written that much and that he felt he had given too much information. “Because of the comment, I was worried; I gave him the statement sheets one after the other for endorsement. He endorsed the first and second sheet, but he tore the third sheet. “The third sheet was where the defendant disclosed that he received the money for PDP political activities, settle his personal needs and made reference to former president Goodluck Jonathan. “My lord, he suddenly tore the statement sheet into pieces.
In great shock and surprise, I stood up [and] I asked him why he did what he did. He said he did that because he was no longer willing to give the information on that statement sheet. “I then requested the pieces of the statement, he declined and attempted to put them in his pocket, I then cautioned him and told him to respect himself; he insisted that he was going to dispose the torn sheet. “I persuaded him to handover the tore sheet and brought one plain paper before him; he poured the pieces on the plain sheet. My other colleagues were there looking at us in surprise as well.
READ ALSO: Metuh gets bail for tearing statement “He furthered tore them into pieces, saying only in the movies would this be recovered. I poured the pieces in the commission’s transparent polythene bag for exhibit and made entry of the incident into the EFCC’s incident duty station diary as well as EFCC’s pocket notebook. “Later, in the day he requested to make additional statement, which he made, wrote his name and signed but declined to make any other statement on the torn paper.” The EFCC docked the controversial PDP’s spokesman before an Abuja High Court sitting on a two-count charge bordering on his alleged destruction of evidence against him. Metuh pleaded not guilty to the charge. The commission claimed that the said statement would have been vital to its prosecution of the criminal case pending against Metuh.
Later PDP’s politician received N300 million bail with two sureties each, with like sum for “tearing own statement”. The case is different from another seven-count charge of alleged fraud against him.