The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday January 25 opened its case against the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in the charges of money laundering involving the sum of N400m which he allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014 with two witnesses. Here are 5 crucial things you must know about the case as it progresses, as put together by INFORMATION NIGERIA…
– The trial commenced before a Federal High Court in Abuja after the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, overruled objection by Metuh’s lead counsel, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) to adjourn the trial.
– Metuh’s lead counsel had filed an application for variation of the terms because Metuh had been unable to meet the bail conditions granted him on January 16, urging the court to adjourn the proceedings as the inability of his client to meet the bail conditions had adverse effect on his preparation for the defence.
– The application for adjournment was opposed to by the prosecution led by Mr. Sylvanus Tahir and his objection was upheld by the judge.
– Tahir then proceeded to open the prosecution’s case on Monday with the testimony of an employee of Asset and Resource Management Company Limited, Nneka Ararume, who narrated how he collected a total sum of $2m cash from Metuh at his house in Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja.
– Ararume who described her position with the company as Wealth Manager, said the instruction given to her by Metuh was that the money should be invested.
– The two witnesses were cross-examined by the defence counsel and the trial was adjourned till tomorrow (January 26th) for the prosecution to call more witnesses.