Jonathan Not Needed In Court To Effectively Prosecute Metuh, Says EFCC

OLISA METUHThe Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) on Tuesday said it could effectively prosecute the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, without necessarily involving former President Goodluck Jonathan in the case.
The EFCC’s position was sequel to an argument by the PDP spokesman that since Jonathan was allegedly involved in the process leading to the payment of funds for his presidential campaign, he ought to have been invited as a witness in the case.
Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, are currently standing trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly receiving N400m from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for security services, which he allegedly diverted to fund the PDP’s activities.
The PDP spokesperson and his company are also accused of contravening the money laundering Act by making $2m suspicious investment.
At the conclusion of the prosecution’s witness last week, Metuh filed a no-case submission in court.
In the application, he argued among others, that the prosecution failed to make out a prima facie case against him by not inviting the ex-president as its witness.
The anti-graft agency, however, in a counter-submission, stated that it had conveniently made out a case against Metuh for which the court should direct him to enter defence.
According to the EFCC, Mr. Jonathan is not a necessary prosecution witness, adding that it had effectively built a case against the accused with the number of witnesses invited to testify in court.
It, therefore, urged the court to dismiss Metuh’s no-case argument.

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