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ARMS DEAL: EFCC INVITES OLISA METUH


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives yesterday picked up Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh, from his Abuja residence.

A statement signed by Richard Ihediwa, his Special Assistant, said the officials came in unmarked white Toyota Hiace bus and demanded that Metuh must follow them to the commission’s headquarters.

“Upon enquiry on the reasons for the invitation, the officials stated that he has some issues to clear with the commission. They also said he was not being arrested but friendly invited. The operatives, four in number, came in unmarked white Toyota Hiace bus. As at the time of issuing this statement, Chief Metuh is still being kept at the commission’s headquarters and his lawyers were making frantic efforts to reach him.

“While details of why Chief Metuh was invited is yet to be made pubic by the commission, it could be recalled that severally, Chief Metuh, as the mouthpiece of the opposition party, had alerted in various Press conferences and statements that he had been under threat and that the ruling party and the government have been very uncomfortable with his stance.

“The latest being the outburst and threats by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in his reaction to Chief Metuh’s criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s widely criticized response on government’s disobedience of court orders, during Wednesday’s Presidential Media Chat.

It was revealed, however, that Metuh’s arrest was not unconnected with the ongoing probe of the $2.1 billion arms contracts which have led to the arrests and trial of former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) and former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, among others.

Huge chunk of the funds meant for arms procurement to battle the insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country, were allegedly diverted into former President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign last year.

Meanwhile, the PDP demanded Metuh’s immediate release. In a statement signed by the National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladepo, the PDP said: “This development, which did not come to us as a surprise given series of threats to our party’s spokesman by the APC and the Federal Government, who are obviously not comfortable with our stance on the confused state of the nation under their watch, is a continuation of APC’s grand design to silence and decimate the PDP.


“The arrest of Chief Metuh today (yesterday) underscores the growing political intolerance in our country and the foisting of a police state which was last Wednesday underscored by the President and Commander-in-Chief himself, who defended why a government in a democracy should flout constitutional provision and brazenly disobey court orders.
“This onslaught against our spokesman, according to intelligence available to us is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP wings are finally clipped in their mission to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country,” the party said.