• How Metuh made cash payments to several media houses including major electronic and print outfits, Witness reveals

    How Metuh made cash payments to several media houses including major electronic and print outfits, Witness reveals

    Richard Ihediwa, the fifth defence witness in the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, resumed his testimony yesterday.

    He revealed before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, how Metuh made cash payments to several media houses including major electronic and print outfits in the country, out of the N400 million transferred to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    The witness, who gave details of the account during cross-examination by counsel to […]

  • How Metuh spent N171m for Jonathan’s image laundering – witness tells court

    How Metuh spent N171m for Jonathan’s image laundering – witness tells court

    A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday heard how PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, spent N171 million to launder ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s image ahead of the 2015 elections.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Metuh is standing trial on allegation of embezzling N400 million.

    In his testimony before Justice Okon Abang, Richard Ihediwa, the fifth defence witness, told the court that Metuh spent N171 million on the committee for the image laundering exercise.

    Ihediwa said N140 million was spent […]

  • How Metuh disbursed N400m for media project – witness tells court

    How Metuh disbursed N400m for media project – witness tells court

    The seventh prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has explained how the N400 million transferred to the latter was allegedly expended.

    Mr. Richard Ihediwa told the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, that out of the amount said to have been given to Metuh, N21 million was spent to acquire media intervention centre, where journalistic and advocacy works were carried out.

    According to him, the money was paid through […]

  • Metuh received N400m, gave Anenih N21m – witness tells court

    Metuh received N400m, gave Anenih N21m – witness tells court

    A defense witness in the trial of the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja how Mr Metuh spent part of the money he was accused of receiving from the office of former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

    The witness, one Mr Richard Ihediwa, who is a media aide to Metuh, told Justice Okon Abang that Mr Metuh was paid 400 million Naira through the Office of the National Security Adviser, […]

  • Jonathan told Metuh how to share N400m – witness tells court

    Jonathan told Metuh how to share N400m – witness tells court

    A witness, Mr. Richard Ihediwa, in the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, said on Thursday that the N400m Metuh got was disbursed as directed by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Ihediwa, led in evidence by the counsel to Metuh, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), told the Abuja High Court that Jonathan gave the directive on how the amount was to be spent.

    He said that N21m was paid to former PDP Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, for […]

  • Metuh funded PDP publicity during Jonathan’s campaign – Witness tells Court

    Metuh funded PDP publicity during Jonathan’s campaign – Witness tells Court

    A witness, Richard Ihediwa, told a Federal High Court on Thursday that embattled Olisa Metuh, solely funded publicity activities during Jonathan’s re-election campaign.

    Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, is being tried for alleged N400m money laundering.

    Ihediwa, who was Metuh’s Personal Assistant on Media, disclosed this while being led in evidence by the defence counsel, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN).

    He said that it came to a point that the ‘situation room’ was not funded by the party, and […]

  • Ekweremadu agrees to stand surety for Metuh over alleged N400m fraud

    Ekweremadu agrees to stand surety for Metuh over alleged N400m fraud

    Embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who is facing trial over alleged N400million fraud, on Monday, prayed the Federal High Court in Abuja to allow the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to stand surety for him.

    Metuh is answering to a seven-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Destra Investment Limited.

    The anti-graft agency alleged that the defendants had prior to the 2015 presidential election, received N400m […]

  • Linking me with Niger Delta Avengers is devilish – Metuh

    Linking me with Niger Delta Avengers is devilish – Metuh

    The embattled former spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has denied allegations that he has a relationship with the Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group in Nigeria’s southern region that has vandalised oil facilities of different companies in the oil rich region.

    In a statement on Sunday, Mr Metuh disassociated himself from the activities of the group, saying that the allegation was wicked, cruel and devilish.

    He said his statement was in response to what he called false […]

  • You can’t stop PDP Convention – Dokpesi tells Sheriff, Metuh, others

    You can’t stop PDP Convention – Dokpesi tells Sheriff, Metuh, others

    A chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairmanship Aspirant of the party in the August 17 National Convention, Chief Raymond Dokpesi Thursday boasted that neither the former National Chairman of the party Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the National Publicity Secretary of the party nor any other member of the Sheriff faction can stop the forthcoming Port Harcourt National Convention of the party.

    Sheriff, Wale Oladapo (National Secretary), Dennis Alonge-Niyi (Deputy National Youth Leader), Alhaji Bashir Maidugu (Deputy […]

  • Metuh, Amosu, Dikko beg to return looted funds to avoid going to jail

    Metuh, Amosu, Dikko beg to return looted funds to avoid going to jail

    Three of those on trial for alleged corruption are eager to return their “loot” for freedom, according to the Newsmen.

    They want to refund cash and surrender property to avoid going to jail.

    An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) source said that the agency got requests from former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar.

    Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the […]

  • I will return N400m to show support for Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, says Metuh

    I will return N400m to show support for Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, says Metuh

    A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has said that he will refund the N400 million he was paid by the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan for image laundering to show support for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

    Metuh, who is currently being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly collecting the sum from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), said he was in […]