The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said its spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh is cooperating with investigators at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The admission of cooperation with the anti-graft agency came on the heels of reports that Mr. Metuh tore the statement he willingly wrote while in detention at the commission’s head office in Abuja.
The party said its spokesman has admitted receiving the sum of N400 million from former President Goodluck Jonathan for an assignment he did; although it failed to disclose the particular assignment in question.
The party also said Metuh has indicated his readiness to make public the nature of the assignment, but only in the law court where his statement would not be distorted by anyone.
A statement on Tuesday by Metuh’s special assistant, Richard Ihediwa, lamented what the party termed “untrue reports” in the media, saying the spokesman believed that his continued detention and failure to charge him to court are deliberately intended to prevent him from telling his own side of the story in the open court for all Nigerians to know.
According to Ihediwa, his principal had since informed that sometime in December 2015, the ONSA published an invitation to companies they believed executed contracts for it for a chat, adding that upon ONSA invitation via a text message, Metuh, regardless of the fact that he did not execute any contract for the Office, appeared before the ONSA panel, wherein he presented his company’s statement of account showing that the sum of N400 million paid on the instruction of the ex-president for an assignment was traceable to the ONSA account.
Chief Metuh, had hinted that he did some assignment for the ex-president at a media briefing last year before his eventual arrest by the anti-graft body over a week ago.
“We are therefore worried at the continued media persecution where a citizen is being charged, sentenced and jailed in the court of the media instead of being charged to the law court as required by the law”, the statement said.
“This office urges Nigerians not to lose sight of the sequence and inconsistencies in the investigation and publications regarding Chief Metuh’s case. We believe that in this case, the law must not be suspended but applied in its full measure by charging and allowing Chief Metuh to state his case in the open court instead of this continued media persecution against him”.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
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