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EFCC arraigns Olisa Metuh over money laundering charges

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Metuh was arraigned by EFCC for allegedly collecting about N400m from Dasuki from the money alleged to be part of the $2.1b arms procurement fund, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, arraigned the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, after more than one week of incarceration.

Chief Metuh, who was picked up at his Abuja residence on January 5, was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Court 10, Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja.

The PDP spokesman was arraigned by the EFCC for allegedly collecting about N400m from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), from the money alleged to be part of the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty.

Metuh had before his arrest, agreed that he collected an undisclosed sum of money from former President Goodluck Jonathan, in order to carry out some assignment  as the spokesperson for the then ruling PDP.

But his long detention has not gone down well with the main opposition party, which said the EFCC was not a court of law, and that their Publicity Secretary must be charged to court instead of being held incommunicado for over a week. 

This was followed up by the decision of PDP caucus at the Federal House of Representatives to issue an ultimatum to the Commission to release Metuh from their custody.

In the same vein,  a Lagos Lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had three days ago asked the FHC, sitting in Lagos, to order for the immediate release of Metuh, from the EFCC custody, only to withdraw said suit on Thursday.

Adegboruwa has in the suit, No. FHC/L/CS/21/2016, filed against the EFCC and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), contended that under section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, the EFCC has exceeded the maximum time allowed by law for the detention of a citizen, without trial in any court.

More details on Olisa Metuh court appearance later…

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