EFCC arrests Metuh over alleged N1.4bn fraud, PDP reacts

By The Citizen
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the investigation of Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, over his alleged involvement in the $2.1bn arms contract scam.

The EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Metuh's investigation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that Metuh was being investigated over the N1.4 billion traced to the account of a company, Destra Investment Limited, linked to him in the arms contract scam.

'It is true that Metuh is being investigated by the EFCC but I do not have further details on the matter.

'I am not aware of his arrest by the EFCC but will get back to you as soon as it is confirmed,' Uwujaren said.

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However, a statement signed by Mr Richard Ihediwa, the Special Assistant to Metuh, said that EFCC officials visited the PDP National Publicity Secretary's home in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Metuh was invited to follow them to the commission's headquarters.

It said that the officials told Metuh that he was required to clear some issues.

'Upon enquiry on the reasons for the invitation, the officials stated that he had some issues to clear with the commission.

'They also said he was not being arrested but on a friendly invitation.

'The operatives, four in number, came in a white unmarked Toyota Hiace bus,' the statement said.

It said that Metuh was still being kept at the commission's headquarters and that his lawyers were making 'frantic'' efforts to reach him.

It added that the commission had yet to make public why Metuh was invited.

The statement recalled that Metuh had severally raised alarm that his life was being threatened.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the arrest of its spokesperson, Mr Olisa Metuh.

The party, in a statement by his National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, said that the arrest of Mr Metuh, based on an intelligence the party claims it got, is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP's wings are finally clipped.

Professor Oladipo added that the effort was part of a mission of the APC-led government to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.

The party, however, said that it is not surprised by Mr Metuh's arrest because according to them, it came after series of threats on their party's spokesperson

The PDP then said that 'the excesses of security agencies under this government, especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to our democratic evolution.'

The party went further to say that it was 'aware of top directives to break Chief Metuh and if possible poison him during his detention by the EFCC'.

The PDP alleged that Mr Metuh has, since his arrest at about 10AM on Tuesday morning, been kept incommunicado, with his lawyers denied access to him.

The opposition party alleged that the arrest of its spokesperson is the last straw that may break Nigeria's democracy.

The party then forewarned the federal government and its agencies to save the nation's democracy and release its National Publicity Secretary.

The  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh , but is yet to disclose the reasons behind the arrest.

Mr Metuh, had several days ago, released statements on alleged threat on him because of his 'efforts at criticising the ruling party and the actions of the government'.

He said that on account of information available to him, he had cause to believe that the Federal Government was desperate and might have finalised plans to silence him.