Dasukigate: More witnesses testify against Olisa Metuh

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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