More revelations emerged today from the on-going trial of the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh. At the resumption of hearing on Tuesday, a prosecution witness named Nneka Ararume (an employee of Asset and Resource Management Company Limited, ARM) narrated how she collected a total sum of $2m cash from Chief Olisa Metuh at his house in Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja.
He gave me the sum of $2m in $100 bills. It was taken to bureau de change operators who would then transfer the money to ARM. From there (Metuh’s house) I proceeded to Mr. Sie Iyenome’s office at Wuse 2 where I gave him the sum of $1m. I also invited Mr. Kabir Mohammed and I also gave him the sum of $1m to transfer the naira equivalent in favour of Destra Investment Limited. Later on the same day, December 2, 2014, Mr. Kabir and Mr. Sie Iyenome confirmed the receipt.”
The prosecution also called Iyenome as its second witness. Iyenome also narrated how he changed the $1m to its naira equivalent and paid it to ARM.
The trial continues tomorrow with the prosecution planning to call up more witnesses. Metuh is facing seven-count charges of money laundering to the tune of N400m (in connection to the “Arms Scandal Money”) before the court. He is also facing another charge for destruction of document at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja. He has been granted bail for the two charges, but he is yet to perfect the conditions of his bail.
Credits: Sahara Reporters, The Punch, TheCable