Chief Olisa Metuh, the embattled national spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has prayed Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja to allow the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to stand surety for him over the seven-count charge brought against him by the EFCC.
This prayer follows Dr Olugbumi Usim-Wilson’s decision to file an application to withdraw as a surety to Olisa Metuh.
The PDP spokesperson is facing a 7-count charge over alleged N400million fraud. The alleged crime involves monies he received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd.
The said money was paid into Metuh’s company account, Destra Investment Limited, by the erstwhile NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). The money, according to the FG, is part of about $2.1billion originally earmarked for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency in the North East.
The money was allegedly received by the defendant prior to the 2015 presidential election without executing any contract whatsoever.
At the resumed sitting, the accused, through his lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), informed the court of his intention to use Ekweremadu as one of his sureties. Sources from EFCC told Concise News that Metuh made the application same day his former surety, Olugbumi Usim-Wilson, also applied to withdraw her service.
The EFCC has also confirmed the report on its twitter handle.
Metuh’s counsel swift reaction
Usim-Wilson had in a motion dated October 4, 2016 prayed the court to remove her name as Metuh’s surety. She also prayed the court to discharge her from further participation in the matter. She, however, did not give any reason for her action.
In a swift reaction, Metuh’s lawyer, Ikpeazu, pleaded the court to hear his own motion first. Metuh’s counsel pleaded that hearing Usim-Wilson’s motion to withdraw as a surety in the matter first could warrant a revocation of the bail the court earlier granted his client. He also argued that Metuh could land in prison custody as a result.
Justice Abang, however, granted Ikpeazu’s application holding that Metuh had been consistent in court.
The court adjourned the matter to October 27, 2016 for hearing of both motions.