Olisah Metuh Found Guilty Of Money Laundering
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, today has convicted the former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisah Metuh for unlawfully receiving N400 million from the office of the national security adviser.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Metuh on seven counts of money laundering.
Also convicted alongside Metuh is his firm, Destra Investments Limited.
Metuh submitted that he did not know that the money paid into the account was from the office of the national security adviser.
He insisted that it was Goodluck Jonathan, former president, who authorised the payment of N400 million for him to carry out issues of national importance.
But Okon Abang, (below) the judge, in his judgment, said: “I have my doubts if the first defendant is telling the truth in this matter”
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The judge said Metuh must have received a bank alert notifying him of the transaction, and that the prosecution had also tendered the notice of alert (exhibit D28) as evidence before the court.
He further shared:
“It is in my firm view that as of November 24, 2014, the first defendant had actual knowledge of the inflow from ONSA in the account of the second defendant,
“I think the prosecution has proved the ingredients as regards count one.
“The first defendant is hereby found guilty on count one and accordingly convicted.”
More details including sentencing will be posted as they develop.