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Friday, 25 November 2016

ArmsGate: Witness Says Metuh Paid NTA,FRCN And Others In Cash

A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday has been informed on how Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) former National Publicity Secretary Chief Olisa Metuh made cash payments to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) from the N400 million he is being tried for.


Metuh, who is facing trial alongside his firm, Destra Investment Ltd, was accused of unlawfully receiving N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) prior to the 2015 presidential election.

At the resumed trial yesterday before Justice Okon Abang, the witness told the court that two other print media houses were also paid in cash to launder the image of the president.




Prosecution witness Mr. Richard Ihediwa, who gave details of the account during cross-examination by counsel to Destra Investment Limited, Mr. Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), told the court that Metuh paid cash to one Segun Olatunji Jacobs of the Tribune newspaper but added that he could not remember some of the newspaper houses which were paid in cash.

His words: “The media campaign to launder the image of former President Goodluck Jonathan became necessary because of the agitation from North, Southsouth, Southwest and Southeast

“The issue of resource control, infrastructural development and the implementation of the recommendation from the National conference were threatening in the Southsouth.”

“In the North, there was the issue of insecurity. The agitation led to a lot of demand on the former president and he felt the best way to handle the agitation was through media publicity and public enlightenment instead of the use of the gun or force,” he said.



A motion filed by Dr. Olugbumi Usim-Wilson seeking the withdrawal of her suretyship for Metuh was also heard.

Describing the development as unfortunate, he said that no cogent reason was placed before the court on why she was withdrawing her suretyship and that the practice should not be allowed.

Counsel to the applicant, on his part, told the court that his client stood as surety voluntarily and the court should allow her to withdraw since she acted in good fate.

He prayed the court to hold that Metuh would not in any way harass or intimidate the applicant.

But counsel to Metuh, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), raised a serious objection to the last prayer.

Ruling, Justice Abang allowed the application of the applicant and Dr. Usim-Wilson’s name was subsequently withdrawn as surety for Metuh.

Justice Abang stressed the need for parties, counsel and judges to search their conscience in all they do “because there is a Great God that we will all give account to”.

He said: “If I had taken this application for withdrawal first, it means Metuh would have gone back to Kuje prisons until he secure another surety.

“That was the reason why I took the application for replacement first in which the Deputy President Senator Ike Ekweremadu is now the new surety for Metuh.”

Few weeks ago, a defence witness, Richard Ihediwa, said Metuh gave a former Chairman of the party,Chief Tony Anenih N21m to acquire a property on the orders of former President Goodluck Jonathan
The trial continues on November 30.
From dailypost.



9 comments:

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

Na wa oooO

Ihekire Tony said...

Super-Clueless and incompetent administration. So how did Chinakwe's dog and his fellow APC scammers pay for their own media advert.

Adadioramma said...

Nonsense. This Administration will waste their 4years witch hunting and come back to rig election in 2019 promising to better the country. Onye agholi ka agbaa.

cakes by Bella's, Abuja. 58DA8ADF, 07080305132, instagram @cakes_by_bellas said...

This clueless govt should just let this case rest jor. It's beginning to get very annoying .

peace maker said...

Hmmmmmmmmm

IJAY said...

OK ohhh

Kachi said...

This government don't even know what the are doing, blaming people up and down

nzube izuu said...

Mtsheeeeeeeew!

Anonymous said...

Just like the way you think when baking cakes. Clueless!

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