Nigeria: The N400m I collected was for ‘special national assignment’-Olisa Metuh insists
London, April 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has told an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court that the N400 million he is accused of collecting from the federal government was spent on “special national assignment.”
Mr Metuh said this during the court hearing in his trial on Tuesday.
Mr Metuh who did not state the exact task he called special national assignment, also refuted claims made by previous witnesses who had informed the court that he paid them parts of the controversial N400 million.
The former PDP spokesperson is facing trial for alleged diversion of the money through the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr Metuh, who had asked the court to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear as a defence witness, told the court on Tuesday that he was paid N400 million by the former president.
He, however, said the money was meant for the execution of an unspecified national assignment.
According to Mr Metuh, he executed the special assignment with the fund and tendered a report of the assignment to Mr Jonathan through his special assistant, late Oronto Douglas.
Mr Metuh denied that the task listed as part of the special assignment included any campaign activity of the PDP.
The defendant particularly named a prosecution witness, Abba Dabo, who had told the court that Mr Metuh paid him N25 million from the alleged diverted fund for campaign activities.
According to Mr Metuh, the N25 million was paid from PDP’s treasury and not from the money given to him by president Jonathan.
Other defence witnesses, including a former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, had, however, narrated how the controversial sum was released after a bidding process for the rebranding of the PDP’s image, ahead of the 2019 elections.