A witness brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to testify against the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, yesterday told the Federal High Court in Abuja how she collected a total sum of $2million cash from Metuh at his residence in Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja.
Metuh is facing criminal charges of money laundering involving the sum of N400million which he allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.
The witness, an employee of Assets and Resource Management Company Limited, ARM, Nneka Nicole 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.
She explained further that she went ahead to change the money to its naira equivalent through two bureau de change operators she engaged.
According to her, “Metuh gave me the sum of $2million in $100 bills. It was taken to bureau de change operators who would then transfer the money to ARM. From there (Metuh’s house) I proceeded to Mr. Sie Iyenome’s office at Wuse 2 where I gave him the sum of $1million.
“I also invited Mr. Kabir Mohammed and I also gave him the sum of $1million to transfer the naira equivalent in favour of Destra Investment Limited. Later on the same day, December 2, 2014, Mr. Kabir and Mr. Sie Iyenome confirmed the receipt.”
The prosecution also called Mr Sie Iyenome as its second prosecution witness, who also narrated how he changed the sum of $1million to its naira equivalent and paid it to ARM.
Both witnesses were cross-examined by the defence counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, after the trial Judge Justice Okon Abang, overruled his objection and adjourned the trial.
Ikpeazu had earlier asked the court for an adjournment saying, the front loaded documents the prosecution presented to the court are not sufficient exhibit with which he can use for cross examination.
He urged the court to consider Section 36 of the constitution which he said outweighs every other consideration in the process of trial.
Justice Abang, while ruling on the adjournment for cross examination of the witness, held that all the bank statements and other relevant documents had been filed and served on them, adding that nothing will frustrate the trial.
He said, “This court is a court of summary trial, and we are here to do justice as required; all the processes needed for the trial have been filed and served on the defendant long before now.
“I adjourn this matter for trial to commence today and nothing will frustrate the trial; if the defence counsel has no question to ask the witness, the prosecution shall proceed to call the other witnesses because there is no material before this court to justify an adjournment.” Earlier, Ikpeazu informed the judge that since Metuh had been unable to meet the bail conditions granted him on January 16, the defence had filed an application for variation of the terms.
He urged the court to adjourn the proceedings, noting that the inability of his client to meet the bail conditions had adverse effect on his preparation for the defence.
The prosecution, led by Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, opposed the application for adjournment and his objection was upheld by the judge.
Trial has been adjourned till today for the prosecution to call more witnesses.
Nigerian Pilot recalled that, the EFCC in the charges, alleged that Metuh, who was arraigned along a firm, Destra Investments Ltd, received N400million, part of the money meant for the procurement of arms, from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.
‎The charge further reads; “That you Olisah Metuh and Destra Investment Limited on or about the 24th day of November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the court took possession of Four Hundred Million naira only paid into Destra Investment Limited account with Diamond Bank PLC, account number: 0040437573 from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser without contract award when you reasonably ought to know that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd), then National Security Adviser (to wit: criminal breach of trust and corruption) and thereby committed an offense contrat to Section 152(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
“That you Olisah Metuh and Destra Investment Limited on or about the 24th day of November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the court took possession of Four Hundred Million naira only paid into Destra Investment Limited account with Diamond Bank PLC, account number: 0040437573 from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser which you claimed to have received for political activities of the Peoples Democratic Party activities when you reasonably ought to know that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd), then National Security Adviser (to wit: criminal breach of trust and corruption) and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 152(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”


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  • Kouadio

    What a shame!