Tuesday, 5 January 2016

EFCC Storms Olisa Metuh's Abuja Home, Whisks Him Away

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, January 5, stormed the Abuja home of the spokesman the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh and whisked him away.

According to a statement by Richard Ihediwa, the special assistant to the party’s national publicity secretary, the anti-graft agency stormed the compound this morning and asked Metuh to follow them to the commission’s headquarters.

He said the operatives who were four in number came in a White unmarked Toyota Hiace bus, adding that when they were asked the reason for the invitation, the officials stated that he has some issues to clear with the commission.

The special assistant said the commission, however, stated that Metuh was not being arrested but friendly invited.

Ihediwa further disclosed that as at the time of issuing this statement, Metuh is still being kept at the commission’s headquarters and his lawyers were making frantic efforts to reach him.

He said though details of why Metuh was invited is yet to be made public by the commission, he recalled that severally the PDP spokesman had alerted in various press conferences and statements that he has been under threat and that the ruling party and the government have been very uncomfortable with his stance.

According to him, the latest being the outburst and threats by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun in reaction to Chief Metuh’s criticisms of President Buhari’s widely criticized response on government’s disobedience of court orders, during the last Wednesday’s Presidential Media chat.

The special assistant said the office of the national publicity secretary will keep the public updated on any development on the issue.

Recall that Metuh was implicated in the $2.1 billion arms contracts as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) traced N1.4 billion to the account of a company allegedly linked to him.

The PDP stalwart had earlier alleged that his life was under threat by some suspected federal government agents, and in a stone throw, report also emerged that the Department of State Service invited him for questioning but his party dismissed the report that he was under investigation by the EFCC.