Friday, 29 January 2016

Arms probe: Metuh paid N77.5m for Jonathan’s media campaign —Witness

More revelations emerged, yesterday, on how the embattled National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, spent part of the N400 million he received from the erstwhile National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, (retd).
Metuh regains freedom
Meanwhile, Chief Metuh has regained his freedom, having met his bail conditions as stipulated by a Federal High Court, in Abuja.

Metuh was arrested and detained by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of diversion of security funds and money laundering.
At the resumed hearing on the matter, yesterday, a witness brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that the PDP spokesman used N77.5 million to sponsor media campaigns for the re-election of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Badejo-Okusanya told the court that he was the Managing Director of CMC Connect, a public relations agency he said handled media consultancy jobs for the PDP, prior to the 2015 general elections.
The witness, who testified as the fifth prosecution witness, PW-5, said the N77.5 million was paid to the PR firm through the bank account of Metuh’s company, Destra Investment Limited, which is the second defendant before the court.
Insisting that the fund was released for the agency to ‘launder the image’ of ex-President Jonathan to the electorate, the witness told the court that CMC Connect used the bulk of it to pay for advertorials in four television stations.

Payment vouchers
The EFCC, through the witness, tendered into evidence vouchers addressed to Destra Investment Limited for payment by CMC Connect to African Independent Television, AIT; Nigerian Television Authority, NTA; Channels TV; and Silverbird Television, STV.
Badejo-Okusanya told the court that before his firm was hired, Metuh helped him to get audience with ex-President Jonathan, who he said gave his approval after listening to his presentation.

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