EFCC arrests PDP spokesperson Metuh

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Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday stormed the residence of the spokesman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, inviting him to the commission’s headquarters.

A statement by the Special Assistant to Metuh, Richard Ihediwa, said upon enquiry on the reasons for the invitation, the officials stated that he has some issues to clear with the commission.
“They also said he was not being arrested but a friendly invite. The operatives, four in number, came in a white unmarked Toyota Hiace bus.
“As at the time of issuing this statement, Chief Metuh is still being kept at the commission’s headquarters and his lawyers were making frantic efforts to reach him.

“While details of why Chief Metuh was invited is yet to be made public by the commission, it could be recalled that severally, Chief Metuh, as the mouthpiece of the opposition party, had alerted in various press conferences and statements that he has been under threat and that the ruling party and the government have been very uncomfortable with his stance.
“The latest being the outburst and threats by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, in reaction to Chief Metuh’s criticisms of President Buhari’s widely criticized response on government’s disobedience of court orders, during the last Wednesday’s presidential media chat,” Ihediwa added.

Metuh said on Monday that he had yet to be invited for questioning by the EFCC and wondered why he would be reading about the plan to interrogate him on the pages of newspapers.

Metuh is said to be under investigation for allegedly collecting about N400 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

A company he was said to have interest in is also under investigation. The money he allegedly collected from Dasuki was alleged to be part of the funds meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the fight against Boko Haram in North-East.
Metuh had agreed that he collected undisclosed sum of money from former President Goodluck Jonathan.

But he said he got the undisclosed amount from carrying out unspecific work as the spokesperson for the PDP for the former president.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party has condemned the arrest of its spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh, by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission earlier on Tuesday.

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