There must be a way for Nigeria to recover that money. But the EFCC doesn’t know how to go about it. In fact, the EFCC is scared now. So, the EFCC will lose such a beautiful case.
I knew from instinct that the case they made in the media against Metuh was not tenable. So, I warned you not to believe the media version of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] in Metuh or in any other case.
The truth has finally emerged after the charges filed against Metuh were read out in open court. It became clear why the EFCC was pressuring Metuh to refund some money to them.
While the EFCC made out a criminal case based on the fact that Metuh received 400 million naira from Dasuki, that was not the case now. In fact the EFCC told you through the media that because Metuh received for campaign purposes money meant for military equipment, he committed a crime. That is not it at all.
I knew that it is not a crime for Metuh or any of these people merely to receive money from Dasuki. There is no crime like that in Nigerian law books. That was the case the EFCC made in the media in order to embarrass and shame Metuh and pressure him to refund the money.
But when the case came to court, the EFCC moved away from its original theory which it has been spreading in the press and now alleged that Metuh’s crime is only in connection with how he handled the money after he received it from Dasuki.
So, it is no longer a crime to receive money from Dasuki for campaign purposes. They now say the crime was that Metuh did not use the money for campaign purpose as Dasuki intended when he gave it to Metuh.
In other words, the EFCC is now saying it was okay to receive the money from Dasuki, but it must be used strictly as intended by Dasuki – that is, for campaign purposes.
This shift by the EFCC is interesting for many reasons. The case is no longer the sensational stories of how they diverted money from weapons to party and ended up causing the deaths of many Nigerians in battle field.
I can predict now that Metuh’s case will be lost just like the case of Femi Fani-Kayode.
When Metuh was given money for campaign purposes, it was not indicated whether it was for future expenses for campaign purposes or for reimbursement for past expenses for campaign purposes. So, you cannot automatically assume that it was a crime for him to apply part of the money he received to his personal purpose.
Besides, money set aside for PDP campaign is not public funds any more. You must find a crime in the original transfer of money from Dasuki to Metuh. Otherwise, trying to suggest that the transfer was okay but that it was abused afterwards is silly. If the money belonged to PDP, then what is the EFCC doing on the case? PDP money is not public money, and only PDP could complain to the EFCC for fraud.
Now, this is the tragic irony of the matter. What Dasuki and Metuh were alleged to have done – Dasuki concerting Nigerian money to Party money and Metuh receiving such money – is a horrible thing for which there ought to be accountability.
That was corruption and they should not have done that. There must be a way for Nigeria to recover that money. But the EFCC doesn’t know how to go about it. In fact, the EFCC is scared now. So, the EFCC will lose such a beautiful case.
Until someone is convicted, he remains innocent and I urge the readers to bear that in mind.
Emeka Ugwuonye Esquire
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