Former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, who is currently undergoing trial for money laundering at a Federal High Court in Abuja has revealed plans to refund N400million traced to him from defence funds. This was made known in a statement via his legal team. INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you 6 things he said that should really interest you.
1.That at the time the money was released to him after his presentation to the ex-President, our client had no knowledge of the source, a fact that is now obvious from the evidence of the prosecution and defence witnesses.
2.That he had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made a presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.
3.That when the matter first came up, and Chief Metuh was invited to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in December 2015, he requested to know the source of the money and expressed his readiness to make refunds if it was from government coffers, not minding that the money had been expended as directed by the former President but Officials at ONSA never got back to him as they promised, until his arrest by the EFCC in January 2016.
4.It was however while in court that a document was brought regarding the source of the money and since then, our Metuh has made manifest his willingness to refund the money and has indeed approached his family, friends and associates to mobilise funds to refund the entire N400 million to the government.
5.And that Metuh has been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the EFCC and other necessary bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue since then.
6.That, his refunding the money, therefore, goes to show his support for the anti-corruption war as well as serve as a testament to his sincerity, integrity and honesty in this matter.
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