The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed a seven-count charge against the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, who was arrested on January 5th.
Metuh has been in EFCC detention since then, causing his party to lambast the agency and the federal government, accusing them of favouritism, witchhunting and illegality. Two days ago, the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives, led by minority leader, Leo Ogor, gave the EFCC 48 hours to charge their party’s spokesman to court or grant him administrative bail.
The PDP spokesman is accused of collecting N400 million from the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki,out of monies originally meant for arms purchase. The EFCC has said it is pressing Metuh to refund the money just as an APC chieftain, Jafaru Isa, has done but he has refused. There were reports that he attempted to swallow his written evidence.
The charge which was filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja today, as confirmed by EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, has however not been assigned to any judge.
On his part, Metuh has sued the EFCC before a Federal High Court in Abuja challenging his prolonged detention by the EFCC. He also asked the court to speedily hear the suit.
Metuh filed a motion at the court, through his counsel, Ifedayo Adetibe, on Wednesday, demanding the immediate commencement of hearings on his suit. Adetibe told the court in his interlocutory application that the arrest and continued detention of Metuh were unconstitutional.
Justice Okon Abang who presided, however said that an interlocutory application cannot be granted accelerated hearing as it is not a substantive issue.
The judge gave the EFCC five days (excluding Sunday) to respond to the application if they are not opposed to its content. The case was therefore adjourned till January 20th, 2016.