Monday 2 April 2018

Looters List: I Didn't Collect Money From Office Of NSA - Olisa Metuh Replies FG

Influential politician and chieftain of the PDP has reacted to the inclusion of his name in a list of alleged looters released by the Buhari-led federal government on Sunday. 

Mr. Olisa Metuh
A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has denied collecting money from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
Metuh, who is standing trial for allegedly diverting N400 million from the former National Security Adviser, made this denial on Sunday, during an interview on Channels Television Programme, Politics Today.
He said during the interview that he has never been to the office of the NSA and has no relationship with him.
“I did not collect any money from the National Security Adviser’s office. I have never been to the former National Security Adviser’s office.
“I had no relationship with the former National Security Adviser, I had a relationship with my President who was the leader of my party,” he said.
Metuh, during the interview, pointed accusing fingers at the Federal Government. He claimed that the APC-led government is witch-hunting its opponents especially members of the PDP and not truly fighting corruption.
“This persecution is more than that. They witch-hunt. It is not a fight against corruption. It is a fight against political opponents.
“How can you call someone a looter when he is still in court. How can you say someone stole when there is no evidence about it? When you are saying that the money paid into his account is an unlawful activity. You haven’t proven it. You have not established anything. Maybe because you think you can manipulate the judiciary,” he said.
The former PDP spokesperson also faulted the list of alleged looters released by the Federal Government. He claimed that the Federal Government is manipulating the judiciary and lamented that “this is not the democracy that our founding fathers established.”
Metuh also absolved the PDP of alleged corrupt activities or funds mismanagement, challenging the Federal Government to prosecute any PDP member found guilty of corruption allegation.
“Is PDP an individual, if there are PDP members that have looted, please charge them to court, even if they have gone to the APC. Do not say the PDP has looted because the PDP is not an individual.
“PDP as a party ensures the principles of democracy. We allowed people their fundamental human right,” he said.
The Federal Government in its list of alleged looters released on Friday named Metuh as one of those who have allegedly looted the nation’s treasury. In reaction to this, Metuh said the APC-led Federal Government has resorted to all kinds of tactics to dehumanise and intimidate him.
Metuh, in his ongoing trial for allegedly diverting N400 million from the former NSA has filed an application seeking to travel to London, United Kingdom to get treatment for a malignant spinal cord disease.
The Supreme court which is sitting in Abuja, however, adjourned ruling on Metuh’s application for permission to travel to April 19, 2018.

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