PDP former spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh, has been found guilty at the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Nig24news
The High Court in FCT seating in abuja has found Mr Olisa Metuh guilty of money laundering in the sum of N400 million.
Justice Okon Abang, found the former Publicity Secretary of (PDP) guilty in the suit brought against him by the anti corruption agency (EFCC)
The commission charged Metuh, who was standing trial alongside his company, Destra investment, another 7 counts on criminal diversion of the Public money received from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Delivering is judgement Justice Abang convicted the former PDP mouthpiece count one of the charges.
“It is my view that Metuh took possession of the N400 million from the office of the NSA without contractual agreement; he is guilty of money laundering and is hereby convicted on count one.”
after he was decisionwas announced, the trial judged suspended reading the judgment to allow the former PDP spokesman use the the toilet, hopefully he has not swollen any tablets
but on his return to the courtroom, Justice Abang then continued with his judgement on the second count of the charges of criminal conversion of N400 million.
The respected judge maintained that the evidence before him shows that the money was used to fund activities of the PDP of the for ppurpose of which it was meant
the seating judge added Metuh also used the money to acquire personal property at exclusive area of Banana Island in Lagos.
he this pratice was contrary to the e-payment mandate which stated that the money was meant for security services, and your comapny Dextra Investment was not a registered security outfit.
Justice Abang say that the evidence proved to the fact that the money was deliberately used to brighten the chances of the PDP during elections of 2015.
the judge added you Metuh have failed to explain the transfer of the N50 million from the N400 million to the joint account of yourself and that of your wife
“, I’m therefore satisfied that the defendant converted the money for PDP campaign activities and I find him guilty and is hereby convicted accordingly,” the judge declared.
charge number three of concealment of funds, Justice Abang says the e-payment mandate showed that the money was released for security services but was hidden and used for political party campaign activities and personal your personal use
“I hereby find him guilty and convicted on count 3,” he ruled.
The trial judge deliver similar judgement on the count 4 which was the allegation of illegal disbursement of funds.
the judge said the Prosecution team placed credible and proven evidence before this court that showed load of unlawful acts of Colonel Sambo Dasuki as the NSA while in office.
Justice Abang held, “The first defendant was desirous of repositioning the PDP and he deployed the funds for that purpose and personal use.”
He noted that the meeting wherein former President Jonathan allegedly authorised the payment was tagged a ‘security meeting’.
the judge wondered why only the former NSA and top officials of the PDP attended the meeting, yet Metuh claimed the money was disbursed for special national assignment, stressing that the first defendant was not a witness of truth.
“I agree with the prosecution that Metuh’s claims are tissues of lies hurriedly put in place to divert the attention of the court from prying into the disbursement of the N400 million received from the office of the NSA through an under the table agreement.
“It is a case of public funds filtering into private hands for selfish reasons.”
Justice Abang, therefore, held that the N400 million was never released for any special national assignment based on the evidence before me
and I therefore find the first and second defendants guilty on count 4,” he ruled.
Justice Abang, therefore, held that the N400 million was never released for a special national assignment based on the evidence before him.
the judge then skip on count 5&6 and proceeded to count 7 of transfer of funds public fund to PDP chieftain saying he would come back to counts 5 and 6.
On the 7 charges, the judge held that the transfer of N27.7 million to Mr Anthony Anenih for a special national assignment directly represented the illicit nature of the fund.
“I have again considered the position of the prosecution and found that the prosecution proved the transfer of N27.7 million to Chief Anthony Anenih, and I hereby find the second defendants guilty on count 7 and are hereby convicted,” he ruled.
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