Dasukigate: More witnesses testify against Olisa Metuh

PDP Spokesperson, Olisa Metuh
PDP Spokesperson, Olisa Metuh

More witnesses were presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to testify in the ongoing case of alleged money laundering involving the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, and his company, Destra Investment Limited.

Mr. Metuh is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million (four hundred million naira) from a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, who is accused of laundering $2.1 billion

At the hearing of the case Wednesday, Eno Mfon Efiong, a staff of Diamond Bank and an account officer of the defendant, who testified as the fourth prosecution witness, confirmed to the court a credit transaction from the office of the National Security Adviser into Destra Investment Limited account.

At the resumed hearing Thursday, the counsel to EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, presented Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, a public relations consultant and Kabiru Ibrahim, a bureau de change operator who testified as fifth and sixth prosecution witness respectively.

Mr. Ibrahim, a bureau de change operator, told the court that he exchanged the sum of $1million for Destra Investment.

He said he was given the money by a certain Nnena Nicole Ararume in 2014.
 
He said the money was exchanged at the rate of N183 per US dollar, and transferred into the account of Mr. Metuh’s company.
 
He however informed the court during cross examination that he had no direct contact with Mr. Metuh throughout the exchange transaction.
 
Mr. Ibrahim said he was given the account number of Destra Investment Ltd. by Ms Ararume, adding that he transferred the naira equivalent of the sum of $1million (N183 million) from his Daimond Bank account to that of Destra Investment.

The first Prosecution Witness, Ms. Ararume, had on January 25 told the court that she was given the sum of $2 million, which she exchanged into Nigerian currency for Mr. Metuh.
 
Ms Ararume said she gave $1million of the money to a certain Sie Iyenome who appeared as the second Prosecution Witness, (PW2) and explained how he had the said sum exchanged at the rate of N183 per dollar.
 
Ms Ararume said she gave the other half of the money to Mr. Ibrahim who also exchanged it at the same rate.

Earlier, fifth prosecution witness, Badejo-Okusanya,  the Managing Director of CMC connect, which is a Public Relations agency involved in image management and other media services, told the court that his company was paid  N77.5 million by Destra for services rendered to the PDP .

Mr. Badejo said the money was paid in two tranches, with the first sum of N7.5 million paid directly into his account by Destra, while the remaining N70 million was paid into CMC’s account by Mr. Metuh’s company.

Documents in support of his claim, including documents containing evidence of payments for different placements of advertorials of PDP in various media, were tendered and admitted as exhibits.

After listening to the witnesses, Justice Abang adjourned the case to February 4 for continuation of trial.

Mr. Abang said the reason for the one-week adjournment was to enable him to attend to other commitments at the Lagos division of the High Court.

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  • favourtalk

    They will forever regret all the looting they did during the reign of GEJ and PDP as a party member. Nigeria is now frowning to corruption and criminal actions and activities. He will be properly prosecuted and jailed after returning all the money stole for years. PDP is a bad example to the democracy in Nigeria

    • The facts

      Nigerians are frowning at corruption and yet we have a minister who said he spent 78miillion naira on a website. Are you for real?

      • Reason-ability

        Look we are tired of your noise on this matter. Why don’t you ask EFCC to prosecute the Procurement Unit of LASG that approved the website deal? Fashola was not a member of the Contracts’ procurement Unit and there were ICT persons in the Unit as well as the Ministry in charge. What is all this noise on the online media. Why not head to EFCC with your complaint.

        • The facts

          For your information, he won’t be prosecuted because he’s Buhari’s golden boy. Jafar Issa will also not be prosecuted because he’s Buhari’s pal. If you are pinning the issue of Lagos state in the procurement unit, why not drop the charges against Dasuki and co, then ask federal government procurement unit to explain how money was spent.

      • Julius

        Was it the Federal level or State level. This has been investigated and vindicated Fashola. You can write the EFCC again if you wish since you are so concerned.

  • The truth will set you free

    If this the level a spokesman was rolling with, one can only imagine, what the bigger boys got from the looting spree.

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  • Gugurus Ekpa

    No member of the PDP is prepared to help Metuh meet bail to get out of jail. The hypocrisy of the PDP is bare for all to see.

    • hummm

      Why are u compliaining ? You can get him the bail, since you are a strong advocate of Mr. looter.

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Shut up

    • Julius

      They already told him he is on his own. No honor among thieves after all

  • Holy truth

    All these criminal activities of mehtunbuh were d reasons he was attacking Buhari’s regime so dat pple would say he was being arrested bcos he was hitting hard on buhari & APC.
    Mehtunbuh is die hard criminal who has been playing on pple’s mind.

    • Julius

      Yes, same thing with FFK, and Fayose. They forgot that Buhari dont give a damn ! lolz

      • Holy truth

        All of a sudden now dat Funny Face Kayode (FFK) has gone quiet. Bcos he is aware dat d anti corruption hammer is coming down on him.

        • Julius

          Yes, he sees what Methu is going thru. Methu being a dumb criminal is adding more to his own problems by trying to eat the confession statement paper.

  • tundemash

    And yet the cl0wn Prince of Otuoke claimed he won’t talk yet; I hope EFCC are preparing his cell.

    • Paul Young

      hahaha

    • The facts

      Why do you think Jonathan should talk about an on going trial? Do you think he’s a dictator like your clown in the presidency at the moment?

      • Julius

        Moron, he should talk because he was the person that Dasuki said gave him instructions to share the money. Now thru thus Methu trial you can see that part of the 400mills ‘special assignment’ money was actually for the pdp. Stay tuned !.This dude Methu is so on his way to prison and will be broke when the SANs take all his money.

      • tundemash

        Moron, did Ole Falae, Anenih, Metuh, Nduka Obiagbena not talk on same issue?
        How about the Malabu oil deal not in court yet ?
        How about the NNPC $20bn loot not in court yet?
        They looted your destiny, wait until they loot the future of your children too.

  • Dazmillion

    Metuh plead guilty now before you spend all the 400M on senior advocates who will chop your money and move on with their life after the court finds you guilty.

  • Paul Young

    Metuh is in very big trouble but i think his very expensive SAN’s are deceiving him. If this report is true that his very own account officer confirmed he received money from the ONSA i will suggest his defence immediately change their story. He better say what he did for the government was a top secret national assignment that he cant mention in the courtroom. Denying you received the money is no option at this point

  • Paul Young

    The money metuh alone collected can buy about 5 of the mine resistant vehicles the US dashed NIgeria

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