Why we released APC’s Jafaru Isa, still detain PDP’s Olisa Metuh – EFCC

Olisa Metuh, Spokesman, PDP
Olisa Metuh, Spokesman, PDP

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied claims it was on a witchhunt of leaders of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party after its continued detention of Olisa Metuh and release of Jafaru Isa, an All Progressives Congress chieftain.

Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, told journalists Monday that while Mr. Isa had begun the process of refunding the money in his possession, Mr. Metuh had refused to do same.

‎”From the records, Metuh got over N400 million, he has not said anything because we need the public money to be returned so that it’s going to be used for public good,” Mr. Magu said during a meeting with online media publishers in Lagos.

“Also Jafaru Isa, what Dasuki gave him was N170 million. He also agreed…of course he has collected that money, he was with us for 4-5 days and then he made a deposit of N100 million and entered an undertaking to bring the rest. That does not mean we will not prosecute him.”

“But this other Metuh, instead of going for a refund, he has admitted he collected money…. so instead of… he still has the money because the money is too much. Instead of returning the money, he preferred to go on strike.”‎

Mr. Isa, a former military governor of Kaduna State, was arrested last Wednesday by EFCC operatives for allegedly receiving N170 million from the embattled National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Metuh, the Spokesperson of the PDP, has been in EFCC custody since January 5‎.

The EFCC boss insisted the Commission is not selective in its anti-corruption war‎, noting that only people involved in “some certain action or inaction of corruption” are being invited for questioning.

“Nobody who is not corrupt, who is not involved, is with us,” he said.

“In all the cases, we conduct preliminary investigation. We work hard. If it is company you used, we unveil the profile of the company to see who owns the company. If it’s money, we make sure we follow the money, in your account.

“So it is not true that we just go and carry people and dump them‎. Sometimes you have to give chance to the person accused to say his own side of the story. And in the process the man will disclose a lot of things that you may not know. So it is very necessary for you to follow up on the information received from the person arrested, to strengthen whatever you have.

“We don’t keep people for more than 10-15 days. In fact, in most cases, we obtain relevant court orders. In all cases, if you see we keep somebody, there must be a supporting court order.

“If you are not corrupt, we will not have any cause to invite you. So we only invite corrupt people, no selective.”

Mr. Magu also said he had begun an internal cleansing of the EFCC to weed out corrupt operatives from the anti-graft war.

“I don’t want to disclose what the Commission is doing but I’m telling you I will not work with anybody who is corrupt because there is no moral justification to come and make noise‎, and chase corrupt people when you are yourself corrupt.

“We do not have sufficient personnel – lawyers, detectives the way we want. But the little we have we try to make use of whatever we can lay our hands on.”


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  • Comfortkay

    Pdp will need to help Chief Olisa to pay the money he collected, that money belongs to NIGERAN; if he has invested the money let them sell the investment or property to another person and he can be released. If he chooses to die in prison that is his own headache.

    • Otile

      When Abiola stole 2.8 billion ITT money and died in detention as a consequence the world did not come to an end, besides you may die before those your Fulani master is holding captive, you never know. So don’t celebrate yet.

      • MindYourself

        Let us deal with the issue at stake. For sake of argument, let us agree with your Abiola issue, does it mean we should not collect this amount allegedly looted by Metuh? Would you want the government to take a trip to wherever Abiola is residing now to retrieve the money? Let’s be realistic. If you are aggrieved on a certain matter , try and segregate it from other issues.

        • Sean

          Thank you

        • whales1212

          I think we need more of you on this forum, it’s the least we can offer this country and I know it’s working, bless you bruv.

          • MindYourself

            Thanks

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Otile,

        Is your diaper wet again? You actually saw Abiola steal N2.8 billion ITT money or are you simply telling us in coded words that you have run out of the medication that keeps you in balance with the world around you?

      • Julius

        So when Methu die in detention, the world will not end either. I agree. Remember the same Fulani has always been your father and mother master from the beginning of the republic and still are your masters !, Keep that in mind when you think you are putting someone down.

      • Deen Tee

        Think before you leap. Abiola stole ITT’s N2.8b and ITT still promoted him to the post of Vice President International and to also oversee Africa and Middle East. Your brain should be under your feet.

        • MindYourself

          You seem to have made a good point. In future, I advise you to always do that without punctuating it with derogative words. Those who do not have point or supports corruption resort to this attitude. Check my post against his, it would show you we are on the same side. I wish you the best .

          • Reason-ability

            But Deen Tee was replying otile d=(do re do- the person who limps) and not you.

          • MindYourself

            Thanks for the clarification. I knew he was responding to Otile and not me. All the same, I believe we would have an highly educative discourse and forum where people can share their minds if we can discourage people who don’t have points but call others names. My research shows that people without reasonable point or counterpoint to adduce normally resort to abuse. In this case, Dee Tee made a good point so I wonder why he should punctuate it with that funny words. I am sure he understand my point. Therefore, the derogative words need not be directed at me or emanates from the other group before I rise to challenge it. I still support Dee Tee’s point, all the same.
            I am using this opportunity to appeal to PremiumTimes to take up the policy of refusing to publish comment contains or floored with derogative words as part of their corporate responsibilities.

          • Oh!

            self defeating argument.

      • ayo

        You will never find anything good in what Buhari does….

    • MindYourself

      Did he share the looted fund with them? I doubt. Ask Pa Olu Falae how he shared his own. He claimed he gave Ogun SDP and they are denying ever receiving kobo from the High Chief. I only pity those who sympathise with them. A starving man who is being accused of stealing a chicken would be reminded in the prison cell and wouldn’t be charged to court until a month or two and nobody cares. The public would rather spend their valuable time fighting the government in favour of real rogues like Metuh, Falae, Oduah, Fani , Dasuki and co. May God be with us.

    • ayo

      Gbam….

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Metuh does not want to release the money because he cannot imagine how he will live again as a poor man. Instead, he will rather die than return the money. Nigerians are seeing for themselves how their leaders value the money they will loot more than Nigerians even if that looting leads to the loss of many many Nigerian lives.

    • MindYourself

      I agree with you. Another reason is that people who sees nothing good in the actions of this government would still sympathise with him.

  • MindYourself

    Let emphasis be much more on retrieving the looted funds than prosecution. This I believe will bring about increase in the number of people complying to release the looted funds in their hands. Also, it would be easier for people to point accusing fingers on the government on the issue of prosecution. Since millions of Nigerians are guilty of corrupt practises they will expect the government to prosecute all the millions, or do nothing. Whichever way the government chooses it would still loose. So, the best way out is to allow those who willingly release the loots moment of respite. Just in the same manner the last government granted relief to Niger Delta militants.

    • Fred Duke

      The President should declare Corruption Amnesty Program. Let those who stole from us and stashed away in a foreign land should bring back the money and invest in Nigeria or pay back to the Treasury. This way, they should not be prosecuted.

      • MindYourself

        Thanks Fred, it is that word ‘Amnesty’ that escaped my memory while writing. I hope they are hearing. Good luck to you.

      • Oh!

        Metuh has calculated all he is going to do with the money…you are asking him to refund it.
        Refund gini?

    • share Idea

      Did the last government not publicly declare amnesty and stated the terms and what the beneficiary needs to do.

      AGF said that no plea bargain will be entertained and EFCC is telling us that once someone that looted the country returns their loot, they will let the person free.

      One question, how much did past PDP BOT Chairman return or Bafarawa, did they not plead not guilty to the charges. I expect EFFCC to charge Metuh to court stop all these charade.

  • Chuks

    You are talking about Metuh, an Nnewi man who is ready to chew the money and swallow it than refund. How will he refund the many Chieftaincy titles he paid with the money? How will his pastor refund the philanthropic tithes he paid with the loot? Nnewi people swallow drugs on 12 hrs flight across continents talk less Naira!

    • ola

      Bro you are so funny. In fact, you don burst my belle here!

    • Sean

      Hahaha! This is so funny! Kudos my man

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    EFCC,

    Please stop feeding Metuh with real food. Feed him with a plate of N1000 bills in the morning, N100 bills in the afternoon and N20 bills at night. He wants to eat money, so feed him money while he is in jail. Shikena!

    • Pure Nigerian

      This is the best comment so far. Hahaha. You made my day.

    • Otile

      You reason like a Mohammedan sadist. Only fools & Muslim harlots enjoy your kind of humor.

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Otile,

        LOL. With your soaked diapers, how do you plan to release Metuh from jail?

    • Usman

      Excellent

    • New Nigerian

      Brilliant idea. Either that or just give him boiled yam for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing else. Boiled yam and water

  • Kickboxer

    hahaha….technically intelligent people are running Nigeria…..they arrest a man who did not steal money and then announce to the world that the man refused to pay ‘money.’ Wow…I thought we had a judiciary that decides whether the prosecutor or the accused is right. Now our judiciary, legislature, prosecutor, jury, police, army are controlled by BRAINLESS BUHARI and the brainless ONE arrests, prosecutes, bails out, rearrests…..hahahahaha…..it is rally so funny, indeed.

    One question: when shall PDP, other parties, judiciary(if such still exist), legislature(if they grow backbone) would mobilize Nigerians to stop BRAINLESS BUHARI? When?

    • Jay

      When your brainless and wretched father stop getting drunk and going nude in the village square.

      • Kickboxer

        Brainless Buhari has technically bamboozled folks like you….I laugh because I remember how brainless Buhari vouch to Nigeria & entire world that Abacha did not loot money. Well, just today, Switzerland returned $300million Abacha loot. so you are technically bamboozled but I have no mercy for you since you are not technically my compatriot….no need to save you

    • Akiika

      Why don’t you start the mobilization and see how many people will follow you?
      No yam eater will be left unpurged, y’all can keep wailing!

      • Kickboxer

        You would be technically surprised….I rest my case

    • Sean

      You’re the brainless imbecile, shame on you and your companion in corruption, you’re a fraudster and anti people. Whatever problem you have with Buhari separate it from looting, the money belongs to Nigerians not Buhari and metuh, people are suffering in Nigeria without proper infrastructures and you come here and talk bout judiciary etc.. Is not judiciary part of d arm of govt that destroyed Nigeria? Man start using your brains to speak of truth else you die a sinner

      • Oh!

        you are talking to an insane person…….look at how he talks and laughs with no audience.

        This is the kind of person that if you see coming down the road, you will cross to the other side.

        • MindYourself

          Sean, the problem with him is that he is likely to be mixing some other issues or misunderstandings he has about Buhari administration to becloud his sense of judgement.

          • Kickboxer

            you are technically correct……I want to go to a technical school…same school attended by brainless Buhari and his TECHNICAL INTELLIGENTSIA……ooh I miss Fela Anikulapo Kuti oooo….Felaaa wake up ooooo WE NOW HAVE TECHNICAL ZOMBIESooooo

          • whales1212

            What can we really do about these people? Honestly this calls for concern, I don’t know of any society where people support corruption and impunity like this?

          • Kickboxer

            technically no one supports corruption but it is RELIGIOUS corruption when our political system (supposedly democracy) has been turned technically into SHARIACRAZY in which brainless Buhari has turned Aso Rock technically (after technically defeating Boko Haram last December !!!!) into SHARIA COURT with brainless Imam Buhari and his “technical intelligentsia” as jurors, accusers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judiciary, legislature, police, army, efcc

            I am writing for readers mindful that members of “technical intelligentsia” and brainless Buhari need help from Nigerians. They don’t get democracy…it is too sophisticated for a low IQ folks to comprehend….haaa

        • Kickboxer

          I am technically corrupt you mean for questioning the TECHNICALITY OF making brainless Buhari a juror, accuser, prosecutor, judiciary, legislature, police, army? NIGERIA IS TECHNICALLY A SHARIA STATE!! ekwaaa….hahahaha Imam Brainless Buhari has turned ASO ROCK INTO SHARIA COURT…..

          kai…I salute the TECHNICAL INTELLIGENTSIA dishing out all these great ideas…..very soon Nigeria would be TECHNICALLY developed

      • Kickboxer

        hahaha…..judiciary destroyed Nigeria. I agree…..now let’s decide what to do about it. Hmmm…let’s make brainless Buhari the accuser, prosecutor, jury, defense attorney, police, army, judiciary, legislature. That way all the YAM EATERS would vomit it……wow….no on ever thought about this….this must be coming from TECHNICAL INTELLIGENTSIA!….hahaha……

        • New Nigerian

          You do know that Magu is not Buhari right? and every organ of state actually has someone running it and who is responsible for the operation…EFCC is NOT headed by Buhari, you know that right? If we accept this faux logic of yours, EFCC should just go pick up Goodluck Jonathan for all stolen money..

          • Kickboxer

            Yesssooo…technical speak from a “technical intelligentsia”

    • MindYourself

      Very intelligent of you! You claimed he did not steal? How did you come to that conclusion? Are you related or connected at one point? Dasuki claimed he gave him some money and he agreed he collected some money from the former President through him . Other people mentioned had made repayment only your man has refused. Holding is for the interest of nation. Rule of law that does not fight for the interest of the nation will never receive my kudos.
      Next time, you should call on gullible and corrupt Nigerians to rise up against this government and not every Nigerians. I may be a PDP member ( at least I am a fan of one of the PDP Governors ) but I am not a gullible so I won’t be part of this BRAINLESS PROJECT of yours.

      • Kickboxer

        So your “powder” brain cells convince you to believe that Brainless Buhari, a desperate Muslim, should now become the accuser, prosecutor, judiciary, legislator, police, army? hahahaha……this must be A TECHNICAL DECOMCRAZY…Buhacrazy……now I see why certificates from Nigeria are questioned abroad…..

        • New Nigerian

          Please re-edit your post here for coherence after you are done hallucinating. It’s painful to see you in this state. Goodluck man!

          • Kickboxer

            I thought that I had to first edit before i do re-edit, just stating it technically….who else id tired of “technical intelligentsia”coming out of “technical quota” system where people who scored 80 sit in the same class with those that scored 280……hmm…..”technical intellingentsia”

    • Kekedu

      Never… we have our ways of retrieval of stolen yams. So, please park well.

      • Kickboxer

        yesooo…there is tim for everything. Time to eat yam and for ‘retrieval of stolen yam. You see I agree with you.

        Now why must we TECHNICALLY US SHARIA TO FIGHT CORRUPTION? Do you not see that brainless Buhari is now the juror, accuser, prosecutor, judiciary, legislature, police, army. So we are TECHNICALLY a SHARIA state….now clap for your Muslim brotherhood….they are TECHNICALLY correct!! hahahaha

        • Kekedu

          Sharia? Muslim brotherhood? I didn’t know Dasuki went to the seminary. Please stop all this coloration: corruption has no tribe, religion, age, party or height. I wonder what would have been your defense if Dasuki were from the East like Metuh… persecution? genocide? or hail Biafraud?

          • Kickboxer

            I do not lik to respond to “technical intelligentsia” but……..technically speaking brainless Buhari and Boko Haram kill Muslims so Dasuki is just treated for his role in ousting brainless Buhari in 1985……..remember, brainless Buhari and “technical intelligntsia” have technically defeated Boko Haram……now, they adopt technical SHARIACRAZY to defeat corruption, whereby Aso Rock is now a Sharia court and brainless Imam Buhari is the juror, accuser, prosecutor, police, army, custom, efcc?

            Yeaaah….we love technical SHARIACRAZY…..up all members of “technical intelligentsia”….haaa

          • Kekedu

            That’s the point… always looking for convenient excuses and using gutter language at the drop a hat just because you lost election. If your problem is against Islam, you can join Donald Trump for free. The focus here is fight against corruption… and it will be waged irrespective of tribe or religion or organised wailing. You’ll all have your days in court whether on a wheel chair like Bello Muhammed or after growing biabia and embarking on hunger strike to lose weight like Metuh

          • Kickboxer

            Haahahaa…all hail member of “technicality intelligentsia.”……indeed it is about elections technically speaking…..

            remember, brainless Buhari and “technical intelligntsia” have technically defeated Boko Haram……now, they adopt technical SHARIACRAZY to defeat corruption, whereby Aso Rock is now a Sharia court and brainless Imam Buhari is the juror, accuser, prosecutor, police, army, custom, efcc?

            Yeaaah….we love technical SHARIACRAZY…..up all members of “technical intelligentsia”….haaa

    • New Nigerian

      I must let you know that you are one of the sophists here. God Bless Nigeria

      • Kickboxer

        technically….haa

  • Akiika

    Tie him up and release army ants on his blokkos! he’ll even give you what he did not steal! arrant nonsense.

    • whales1212

      Lol. I don’t support the idea though.

  • sammyctu ode

    Let the arrogant armed robber corrupt pdp criminal olisa metuh continue to go on hunger strike, WHO CARES ANYWAY! WHOM DOES HE THINK HE IS? IS HE GREATER THAN NIGERIA?, NO! HE IS JUST A COMMON CRIMINAL WHO HAS BEEN STEALING OUR COLLECTIVE MONEY FOR YEARS. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, HE CAN ROT IN EFCC JAIL FOREVER BECAUSE NOBODY WILL FEEL HIS ABSENCE. HE MUST RETURN ALL HE STOLE WHILE ALL HIS PROPERTIES CONFISCATED. USELESS SHAMELESS DERANGED ANIMAL.

    • ayo

      On point sir….

    • Usman

      That’s right

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Use pepper rob the pennis…criminal metuh

    • Usman

      What an idea, I buy it

  • Sunday OGUNKANMI

    For clarity sake, PDP has disowned Metuh. The party addressed journalists this morning insisting that he was not representing PDP when he collected the money from Dasuki. Rather, the party alleged that Metuh’s company dealt with the ONSA, hence the I Before Others man should not drag PDP into the armsgate balkanisation. The party even stopped short of cursing the people who partook in the sharing.

    • New Nigerian

      Na so now…he even scammed his own party. 419 people

  • deji

    Very informative interview. Thanks Mr Magu. God will be with you, protect you and your family as you work hard to get rid of corruption in Nigeria.
    The masses whose money has been stolen are solidly behind you and your Oga at the Top – Buhari.

  • Oh!

    Does Metuh not have landed property in Nigeria? He thinks this Government is joking.
    Allow him…….by the time court seizes all his properties his eyes will open!

    • SpeakOut

      No mind am…

    • Kekedu

      No probs… his biabia will just grow longer

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      …So go to the courts.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The legal way of making people return funds is through the courts. Detaining people indefinitely is not lawful,charge him to court if he is in denial or release him. Nigeria cannot be run like an ISIS Caliphate,we have democratic procedures and laws which MUST be followed. If you detain Olisa Metuh for 100 years,you will not get a penny from him !!

    • SpeakOut

      Oh what an Ignorance, if you’re the EFCC chairman, please whenever you arrest someone, please don’t investigate before you sue the person to court okay.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        You investigate and build a prima-facie case against a person before arrest so that interrogation can help buttress your prosecution . The Buharist dictatorship style of arresting before desperately shopping for evidence and charges is unconventional and will lead to failure.

        • Kekedu

          Failure? I thought someone just returned a cool N100m with promise to pay the balance. Although Falae says he’s not returning a dime… rather shamelessly

          • Abiboss

            They need to pick him up. He will release the money after spending 5 days in cell.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Arrest and torture through illegal detention hoping for a confession is a no-brainer.

        • Profy

          D man refuse to cooperate for interrogation. U still don’t get it TAWANDA

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Dat democracy is actually giving room for pple like u n pdpigs to steal from public funds without no responsible agent to charge or persecute u all..let me remind u dat for every sector of buhari’s cabinet is active..

    • New Nigerian

      heehehehehehehehe….LOL..You know Olisa Metuh so well huh…His assets and that of the company he used to receive the loot can simply be frozen as it is done in the USA. And we have the law as well…then he will have to proof where he got the money for the assets he acquired..but in these things you see if the criminal want a soft or hard approach.

  • Otile

    Imam Buhari is the most vindictive Mohammedan ever to rule Nigeria. Yakubu Gowon is a toddler compared to Imam.

    • New Nigerian

      We are all “vindictive” for asking for and pushing for our commonwealth to be returned, so we elected a “vindictive” government and we are loving it!

    • New Nigerian

      We are all vindictive for asking for and pushing for our commonwealth to be returned, so we elected a “vindictive” government and we are loving it!

    • Profy

      Otile dis Mohamedan tyrant or whatever u called him is just doing exactly what we elected him to do. Is it difficult for u to comprehend. Are u sure u can cope bcos dis will continue for the next 8 years and beyond.

  • Burning Spear

    THE BLOOD TRAIL TO ASO ROCK. WHO IS FOOLING WHO ?
    By Marshal Obuzor, Abuja.

    America refused to sell arms and military equipment to Nigeria under Goodluck Jonathan because of Human Rights violation of the Nigerian military.They went further to enforce an international arms blockade against Nigeria.
    As a result of their action many Nigerians died while Boko Haram thrived.

    Well …….
    On the 7th of January 2015.
    1] Over 2 months after the continued illegal detention of Nnamdi Kanu.
    2] Over 1 month after the continued illegal detention of Sambo Dasuki.
    3] 23 days after the Army massacred unarmed Shia moslems in Kaduna.
    4] 8 days after Dr Buhari declared his superiority to the laws of Nigeria during his Media chat/gaffe.
    5] 2 days after the illegal arrest and detention of Olisah Metuh without being charged to court.

    With Nigeria having it’s worst human rights record in recent history. America is donating military hardware to Nigeria under Dr M. Buhari.
    So what do they expect us to believe?
    Was the arms embargo really about Human rights or about blood politics for the Nigerian Presidency?

    • Sobe.

      You are probable insane.

    • Rommel

      Did America not give warships to Nigeria under the Jonathan administration? NNS OKPABANA

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        2nd hand troop carrier decommissioned from the US navy many years ago with no lethal offensive capability.

        • Rommel

          And the vehicles they gave to Nigeria now are mint from factory abi?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      They donated second hand armoured SUVs ,those are classified as non-lethal…all the gun turrets were decommissioned . Those are left overs from Afghanistan and Iraq which they said need to be fully repaired before Nigeria can even start using them.

      The Leahy law is still holding Nigeria down from getting lethal weapons and in fact with the recent massacres of civilians at Zaria ,the SE and SS ,it will be more complicated.

  • SpeakOut

    Mr Metuh, you just confessed your Sins, please kindly repent by returning the N400M or if its More than, please lay a good example as a Leader.

    • Burning Spear

      Did Buhari confesss his sins against Nigeria that he had a mansion in Abuja-or that he collected 5 vehicles from dasuki ati 300,000 dollars? Monkey

      • Abiboss

        See who is calling someone monkey. Do you know that is what racist white people call black people including yourself? If you call your fellow bro monkey, the white people are free to call you whatever they like.

      • Olu from South Africa

        ….as a former Head of Government and retired General of NA; PMB should be living in a thatched roof hunt? Where is Dr Dumbo, who nearly bankrupt the country if not for the love of God on Nigeria, living? Creek monkey calling someone monkey.

  • Izon Redeemer

    NIGERIAN MILITARY IS SEEN AS LOSING SUPPORT
    By CLIFFORD D., UK. Published: May 1, 1984 [A MUST READ]

    LAGOS, Nigeria, April 29— Four months after seizing power, Nigeria’s military leaders appear to be suffering an erosion of popular support.
    Last Dec. 31, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Buhari led a group of young officers in a coup against the civilian Government of President Shehu Shagari, saying the takeover was necessary to save Nigeria, Africa’s richest and most populous nation, from economic collapse.

    The military intervention appeared at the time to enjoy enthusiastic support from a broad range of Nigeria’s population.
    Many intellectuals argued that the corruption and incompetence of the Shagari administration had made drastic action both necessary and inevitable. Traders, merchants and people in the streets welcomed the soldiers and looked forward to a quick improvement in their standard of living.

    Growing Disappointment
    Recently, however, there seems to be growing disappointment with both the military Government’s approach and pace.
    ”Since coming to power, this Government has not found a single problem,” said Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, a prominent lawyer and a longtime opponent of the Shagari administration.
    ”But it has managed to alienate the judiciary, the press, labor and students – all the groups that supported it just a few months ago.”
    Critics of the military Government point out that it has yet to present its budget.

    Loan negotiations with the International Monetary Fund continue but Western economists say that Nigeria and the I.M.F. appear to be further apart now than during the final days of the Shagari administration.
    Early indications that General Buhari would agree to devalue Nigeria’s currency, liberalize trade and reduce domestic petroleum subsidies have so far not materialized.

    Prices Have Climbed.
    In addition, prices for food and other essential commodities, which fell in the first weeks after the coup largely because of the presence of soldiers in the marketplaces, have now returned to or exceeded their levels before the coup. Unemployment has been rising, and many of the imported raw materials and spare parts needed to keep factories running have been lacking.

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Metuh never see anything..he think he is big for the country…he must not go free

  • Nkem

    I think EFCC should be careful not to fall into the trap that these criminals are setting for them. They actually want to drag the commission into these meaningless and diversionary arguments to take attention away from the gravity of their atrocities. EFCC should carry on and do what is right and best. The majority of us are solidly behind them and we do not pay attention to all the noisemaking.

  • Cleartruth

    Is this magu telling nigerians that all the load of corruption petitions in their custody against apc thieves like amaechi and tinubu have disappeared? What Nigerians are saying is don’t spare any corrupt person both apc and PDP members so that the fight won’t be a witch hunt. When this is done , Nigerians will be in full support of it. Also the rule of law must be followed in the fight so that our institutions will be made strong.

  • eclub

    One small problem : it is NOT the accuser or EFCC who determines who is corrupt, and who is not.

    The irony is that all past leaders of that agency has been on the run right after their terms with allegation of corruption on their heels.

    Until someone is duly convicted, they are as innocent as Buhari or head of the EFCC.

    • New Nigerian

      You are very good at sophistry. It’s a game you play well from your postings – you must derive some pleasure in that. Either that or you are plain confused. I’d stick with your image as a sophist for now.

      • eclub

        Neither. All I do is point to our Constitution. If the situation and events we discuss is at minimum plausible, then it’s not specious. But you are entitled to label me what ever you want. You could also point to specific times that occurred, or poke holes in my positions. Take care.

  • eclub

    It is a scam to arrest these Buhari friends, have them pledge to return monies, and then release them without court conviction and records because they can come back after a few years to claim that they were intimidated under duress to make such confessions, and have Buhari give them their money back with interest. I believe that’s Buhari’s plan to get the southerners. Yoruba people don’t be suckers.

    • No problem getting these loots from looters. I hope Buhari would return looted money by the governors used to finance his campaign.

    • No Bull …..

      Southerners like Dasuki ?

      • eclub

        “Southerner” is not just geographic.

        In politics, international relations and so on, north and south, depict rich and poor, developed or developing countries; in the context of present day Nigeria, it could be tribal, or connected and dispossessed.

        • No Bull …..

          Sir, you’re all over the map that it is hard to pin you down. How convenient is your acrobatic response ?

          • eclub

            You do have to take everything to its logical conclusion. The standard true or false still applies.

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          Please give us examples of where this thing you wrote about north and south is practiced.
          p.s. do not say Harry porter

          • eclub

            Google it.

          • eclub

            In case you’re lazy to google it, here:

            wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_divide

            don’t forget to remove (dot) and replace with a dot.

        • New Nigerian

          …how is Dasuki southerner in the new context you try to spin, educate us

          • eclub

            Education requires a serious student with a mind to learn. You need to enroll in civic education courses first, before you can partake in this sort of discussion. Besides, you are a victim of the 4th type of corruption plaguing Nigerians, as argued by a brilliant writer today at NVS, and that is corruption of the mind. Go away.

          • New Nigerian

            Thanks. You point is made. Too academic for some of us. So let’s keep it simple, if you share in the commonwealth illegally, you’d pay it back. Today, tomorrow, next year or next life. If you break any law you’d receive justice – here or hereafter. President Buhari has sworn an oath before God to deliver the mandate we gave him – to kill corruption, recover stolen commonwealth, eliminate terrorism and revive the economy – he will do this based on constitutional rule of law and he knows he will give account to us after 4 years (may God Bless him and preserve his life in service) and if we are happy we would say continue, and he knows he will give an account to the almighty God in the life hereafter. We would not heckle him and harass him so long as he is doing what he asked him to do, it is his prerogative (and the constitution gives some latitude in this) to decide where to start, he has authority to do that. I think he has started well, with the national security file…and then it flows outwards from there. So far we the people are loving it!

          • eclub

            I thank you for a courteous comment. I have just one thing to ask of you:

            Take a moment to read the poignant observations of the Shi’ite members of Zaria, your fellow citizens; employ a sober reflection, look at them as human beings first, then listen to the pitiful, piteous, pathetic, plight of the family members of the massacred, feel the sorrowful,mournful, life of the kids, and widows. Then check that against whatever it is that Buhari is supposed to be doing for you corruption-wise, then come back. Thanks

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Thank God pdpigs did not well the presidential election unless the country for hear am in bad condition

  • Rommel

    Olisa Metuh should return that money immediately or rot there,thieves,these people never knew that such a day would come,everyday for the thief,one day for the owner, Nigeria is on the rise again

  • So Methu must return funds that were expended on media education and campaign. These APC people are sick to the core. When will Buhari return the looted money used to finance his campaign.? Just wondering.

    • Chuks

      Buhari will return his looted money when you grow up and become an adult.

    • New Nigerian

      what media education and what campaign? It was paid to his personal company, not PDP account…even you know metuh has the money, he must cough it out – but like a low esteemed person that he is, he would rather die and then the money will still be recovered, because it is the easiest thing to trace

  • Nigeria4u

    PDP looted but APC have no respect for the law of Nigeria and human dignity. Nigeria is in big trouble, we need a party that is not involved in looting and illegalities. We need a better party that will kill corruption and respect Nigeria’s law….

    • John

      You will have to go to moon to import the members of that party. Nigerians orientation have been consumed with corruption due to attitude of various past leaders. What the masses are looking for are repentant people, who are ready to enforce discipline in every aspect of the economy. For now, APC leader and Nigeria President, has the attitude of discipline and political will to fight indiscipline and financial recklessness.

      • eclub

        Well, don’t cry when a stronger guy takes him out then, because he has been taken out before. Our constitution is the only strong thing nobody can take out. Buhari has been deposed like a girl before, by a stronger man. All you have to do is create an environment where the constitution doesn’t matter, and I can assure you someone will depose Buhari in a few days. Be careful what you ask for.

        • Chuks

          How have you fared since he was deposed?. Events after that overthrow led us to this unfortunate situation where a sitting president supervised mammoth plundering of his country’s resources. May almighty God barnish you with your evil thoughts.

          • eclub

            You are suffering from corruption of the mind.

          • Damilola

            Hmm love that simple holistic choice of word.

    • HABIBU TAYYABU YAKASAI

      Join the discussion…Let us come out all and pray to all might Allah who created the world to bring our country the leaders who’s know something about the day of judgment this type of leaders will lead the people to love others people by the time our country got those types of leaders Nigeria will lead others country in this World.

  • Duruoha1

    The constitution and other criminal laws of the land stipulates how such cases should be handled and not just any how the man on seat at the time thinks. Efcc is established by law and the same law prescribed the mode of its operation and not just the way the man on seat want. Law remains law nomatter who’s involved. We must be careful…….the Efcc and DSS are derailing. A court of competent jurisdiction cannot grant an accused person a bail and u disobey that order on the ground that in your opinion , the case is not bailable. Remember, the accused is not owing u any money rather Nigerian’s money and laws in Nigeria stipulate how such case should be handled. This is not personal matter pls.

  • Damilola

    I’ve barely shared my opinion on this whole issue here yesterday on the purpose of reading between the lines and flowing along with the script writers as they perform the episodes on stage, the verifiable tool that ushers understanding and in depth comprehension of issues of political stance in order for our collective intelligence not to be bemused and relegated by the ones in action, when I received a reply from one charlatan Julius ranting and chanting his ignoble idea in ignorance. Of course I replied him pointing out the issues he missed out in his “well articulated cacophony”. Just after I went into some introspective thought of myself and belief in this episodes( which is necessary for everyone of us daily to check ourselves) I came across this piece by Chauddin Ifeachi, which an excerpt therein could be of more grounding stance in understanding this present atmosphere: “…So where is the incentive to write? Especially when the character of our domestic space ― running round in increasingly tighter circles ― means most hobbyhorses have been ridden to near exhaustion. How, if at all, does it help that the most interesting corner of the ongoing national conversation is pendente lite? True, we may not be able to put out on the particular cases. But is there a case for outrage at the revelations surrounding the alleged use of national security appropriations as a political slush fund? And how may our expressions of outrage help or mar the successful prosecution of these cases?

    Then again, is it just me? Or are there qualities to the ongoing trials reminiscent of Stalin’s show trials? The point, maybe, being to browbeat the opposition, without new truths being revealed ― or justice, of any description, served? All of which would not be unusual, or especially cruel. H.L. Mencken (one of the most influential writers of the first half of the twentieth century), remember once argued that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety), by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” only if they will fathom this and reflect on it

  • rupi

    Jafaru Isa was released within 8 hours of his arrest it is not true that he was detained for 4-5 days as Magu has said.

  • thomas

    There is no way you can use a bad means and you said you want to achieve a good end. Your result might be temporal. But vindication is certain as the people of Nigeria are watching.

  • Sambo

    The Efcc is doing a good job about eradicating corruption in Nigeria. But it would have been better if this sword of fight starts from the head of those who started this corruption in our country. A lot of our leaders have drained this country’s treasury over the years without been called upon to either refund the stolen funds or prosecute them accordingly. I commend PMBs fight against this menace but he must dig it from the foundation. You cannot totally destroy a tree aloft, it has to start from its roots. PMB should start from the era of IBB, OBJ, Atiku and the likes of them, by so doing, probing GEJ’s administration will be justified. Thanks and God bless Nigeria

  • Amadi

    How can Magu come and tell Nigerians that because Jafaru has started refund the money he collected that is why he is immune to impunity.

  • emperor

    Pursuing justice entails we are to apply fairness. When justice is evaded, peace becomes elusive. The latin maxim goes “pax opus justitiae”.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Buhari Will Not Congratulate Bayelsa Governor On His Re-Election.

    **he will reclaim Bayelsa through Tribunal or the intimidated and bullied Judiciary as in Abia, Taraba, Akwa Ibom and Rivers state.

    Three days after the re-election of Governor Dickson as the Bayelsa state governor, aides and associates of President Muhammadu Buhari have revealed that the President will not congratulate him. And he has refused to do so!
    After President Buhari attempts to arm-twist the will of the Ijaw Nation with his over 10,000 soldiers, Policemen, Secret Services and para Military Gestapos failed, the embittered President have told his advisers that he will not congratulate Mr Dickson. Given his sworn-hatred for former President Jonathan. Even though he peacefully conceded defeat to him. Yet Buhari and his thugs in APC will not allow Jonathan enjoy his well deserved rest and peace
    Over ¨31 Bayelsa citizens that tried to defend their votes were gruesomely murdered by the securities officers and Buhari’s party thugs who were embolden and backed by the Law enforments officers. Most of whom were flown into the Niger Delta from outside.

    They have openly stated that Buhari will not recognize the re-election of Mr Dickson and as what transpired in Abia, Taraba, Akwa Ibom and Rivers state, he will use the election Tribunals or the intimidated and bullied Judiciary to recover the mandate for his friend, Chief Timipriye Sylva.

    Chief Timipriye Sylva who was facing $2 billion embezzlement case with EFCC last year was the one that bought and presented the Presidential forms to Buhari worth 27m, after he had falsely claimed he had no money and if elected he will be fighting corruption via the ideas of Tinubu, Dambazua, Fashola and Amaechi.
    Thus Buhari forced the EFCC and the court to drop all the charges against Sylva who ruined Bayelsa state single-handedly just because of their lust for conquest of the oil-producing states in the South south

    In July, 2012, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in less than one hour that election result in Edo state was declared by INEC, congratulated Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on his re-election for another term in office, against his party, the PDP.
    Dr Jonathan did the same for the APGA candidate in Anambra, Osun state (APC) who all defeated PDP candidates.

    President Buhari have no respect for due process or the Nigerian law, as he told the world in his last media chat, that he rejected court rulings because they did not meet with his personal interest and expectations–Sadly Buhari is backing this politicallly motivated Fulani army officer who went on awol for APC—Caught spying and passing fake information to tinubu and the Apes in APC–An issue which was even rejected by the election tribunals—-conscience is an open wound for the government of Buhari only the truth will heal it—that is if the ever moaing mourners have any thing like conscience-in their their thought————————————-

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, did Metuh or Jafaru run for Bayelsa election? Why does your brain always work upside down?

      • Kickboxer

        there we go…member of technical intelligentsia supporting TECHNICAL SHARIA in which Aso Rock is the technical sharia court with brainless Imam Buhari as the accuser, prosecutor, juror, judiciary, legislature, police, army….

  • Chris

    I really feel the wind of change, USD now changes from 160 b4 to 300 while pms from 87 to 140.Impunity with disregard for the rule of law.this is really a clueless presidential government

  • Watchdog

    If a thief returns his loot, he is still a thief and will face prosecution for his crimes. Returning the loot and showing remorse could be taken into consideration during sentencing.

    • Kickboxer

      if you really believe the man returned money then you must be a “technical intelligentsia”….Nigeria now operates TECHNICAL SHARIA in which Aso Rock is the technical sharia court with brainless Imam Buhari as the accuser, prosecutor, juror, judiciary, legislature, police, army….

      • Shugaba Nkasa

        Move away from this place with this your “technical” nonsense talk.
        You think you are being witty? You are being irritating and you sound like a complete moron.
        “….technical this…..technical that….technical technical…..”.
        Gerraway from here! You id10t!

        • Kickboxer

          lol…talking of irritants, technically we have a technical irritant in Aso Rock who has turned our hard won democracy into TECHNICALLY SPEAKING a SHARIA-DEMOCRAZY in which Aso Rock is the technical sharia court with brainless Imam Buhari as the accuser, prosecutor, juror, judiciary, legislature, police, army….

          besides, technically speaking we defeated Boko Haram last year and “technical intelligentsia” members want to technically defeat all perceived foes and corruption!!! Now that shows that brainless Buhari is, well, brainless. Hahahaa

  • Dazmillion

    Metuh return some of the money so that you dont develop ulcer in this your yeye hunger strike

  • Ajah Emmanuel K

    The law is the law. Evil is so powerful that when empowered at any point, it becomes generally emboldened. There’s no modern society where people are arrested without due rituals. If EFCC is allowed to arrest legal citizens of this country without due process or even against the court’s order, just on the basis of their own instincts, then we all are in danger. This will lethally embolden EFCC and the individuals that sways them to lawlessly make random arrests and negatively go-pass their job descriptions. If that is entrenched, then other institutions and ministries will be bold in working outside the courts’ order and eventually outside the constitution. I guarantee it, after this random-state creates its own ethnic tensions; WE SHALL HAVE MORE OVER-HEATED POLITY THAN BEFORE AND MIGHT VERY WELL CULMINATE IN FATAL ANARCHY. The inconsistency of the court is not a enough criterion to sideline the court. The government’s structure is based on theory well predicated on ideal societies with robotic humans, and based on this theory, no part of Nigerian government exists without formidable nuances. If Buhari wishes to fight corruption and finds the court unhealthy to serve his purpose, he must treat the court and purge it of sickness not kill it. Nigeria is a country not a family business. Jafaru was supposedly released for a political sanctity of #100m refund, how is that documented and swiftly channeled to the public pocket. Numerous attempts have been made to recover Abacha’s loots, behold huge successes have also been recorded. But that is just for the record. The embattled formal EFCC boss saga was not an empty case. How many times have the CBN publicly acknowledged receiving looted funds from EFCC. Where does the money go then? Or DOES EFCC INSIDE THEIR UNDERHAND PRACTICES OUTSIDE THE COURT REDISTRIBUTE THE CORRUPTION TO OTHER CORRUPTED INDIVIDUALS IN THE SMILING LIST OF THE RULING GOVERNMENT. Is it possible that tax-payers monies are used to pay some people to move money from the pocket of corrupted individuals in the government’s frowning-list to individuals in the government’s smiling-list. One thing is certain, whatever reason that seduces EFCC to operate outside the court is very underhand. Buhari has more than enough advisers to give him a clear thought on how to put the court in order and put it to use. It is gravely unconstitutional, autocratic, and inhuman to detain Metuh outside the public’s laid-down consensus on a process for that. EFCC MUST SHUN DERELICTION, FALSEHOOD AND SENSELESSNESS. RELEASE METUH AND ALL OTHERS UNLAWFULLY DETAINED BY YOU.

  • Iweka Okparaocha

    I believed 100% it was on a witch-hunt, or more than witch-hunt of leaders of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Metuh, telling Nigerian people the truth that cause the continued detention of him and the release of Jafaru Isa, All Progressive Congress Chieftain and a friend of the Nigerian President, Buhari. This is also the worst corruption you can think of and the continuation of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, retaliation and marginalization of Igbo people’s origin of Biafra and Ojukwu, as Mr. Olisa Metuh is from the town of Nnewi in Anambra State of Eastern Region of Nigeria. What this President and his advisers are doing is creating division and making matters worst, instead of uniting the Nation. My opinion is, if this President can not obey the law of the land and unite the country, instead of causing a civil war because of stubbornness or selfishness as a Muslim with Christian hatred in mind, he should be removed before it is too late, regardless the corruption fight, which we all wanted, if done the right way and fair. Ibrahim Magu, I am very sure, you are Muslim who might be against a Christian brother, because he always said the truth to shame the devil, but remember you definitely responsible if he is poisoned or died of starvation because he is afraid to eat in detention. Release him on bail, let Metuh see his Attorney or charge to court immediately. Ibrahim Magu, I am so much disappointed in the present Nigerian Government, I am even shame as calling myself a Nigerian, when you people who are not qualify to be in power, disrespecting the ordinary good citizens of this great nation. How could you address Mr. Metuh, “But this other Metuh, instead of going for a refund, he has admitted he collected money. … so instead of …. he still has the money because the money is too much”he prefered to go on strike” You said this because there was a plan within APC party to poison Mr. Metuh and Mr. Metuh being smart enugh to resist the plan, you started disrespecting him and the entire Igbo Nation. Religious persecution is on the rise in Nigeria and the world is watching you and the President. The Christians motivated violence and discrimination in Nigeria came first for number of Christian killed for their faith in world, since Buhari took office, soon your Government will be tried for genocide anything on usually happens to my people.