Erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has indicated willingness to return the N400 million he allegedly unlawfully received from the embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr. Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, were accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of receiving the sum for a contract not executed and for allegedly laundering the sum of $2 million.
They are currently standing trial on seven count charges at a federal high court in Abuja.
Speaking to journalists in court on Wednesday, lawyer to the former PDP spokesman, Onyechi Ikpeazu, said that since his client has shown sufficient evidence that he (Metuh) did not know the source of N400 million transferred to his company account by Dasuki, he is willing to refund the said amount to government coffers.
“Chief Metuh had shown sufficient evidence that he was not aware of the source of the N400 million made available to him by the former President and he has shown his willingness, since the commencement of this matter, to refund the said sum even when there is no guilt knowledge (mens rea)”, Ikpeazu said.
The lawyer further said that having lost his no-case submission, which was rejected by Justice Okon Abang of the federal high court and also upheld by the Appeal Court yesterday, Metuh has the right to go ahead to the Supreme Court to seek an upturning of the judgments of the lower courts.
“There are issues in the Appeal Court ruling the defence team is not comfortable with, after due consultation with our client, he will instruct us on the next action. The client has the right of appeal all the way to the Supreme Court”, he added.