Olisa Metuh ‘PDP spokesman gave me N25M but I gave it to EFCC,’ Sambo’s former aide says

Dabo however said that he handed the money over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in January 2016 after learning that it was likely to be part of the looted $2.1 billion arms fund.

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A former aide to ex-Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, Abba Dabo has said that he received N25 million from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh for media publicity.

Dabo however said that he handed the money over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in January 2016 after learning that it was likely to be part of the looted $2.1 billion arms fund, Punch reports.

Sambo’s former aide made the revelation on Thursday, February 4, 2016, while appearing as a witness in the EFCC’s case against Metuh.

Dabo said further that money was paid to him through Metuh’s firm, Destra Investment Limited on December 16, 2014.

“Unfortunately, there were reports in the media on this transaction with Chief Metuh linking it to controversial circumstances,” Dabo said.

“I mean it was identified that Chief Metuh paid the N25m into my account through his company and that the source of the money was from the arms deal that was being discussed generally in the country.

“As a result of that publication, we thought we needed to explain, and because it was paid to my personal account , in my name, I decided to make a refund, and I paid it to the EFCC, because I couldn’t reach Mr. Metuh that particular time.

“The newspapers were awash with the story that linked the money given to me to the arms money that was said to have been diverted to other uses by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“On my own volition, I decided that the best way out of the rigmarole was to pay back the amount. I paid it back to EFCC.

“I wrote a letter to the EFCC attaching three bank drafts with a cover letter acknowledging that Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, gave N25m to me on December 16, 2014 for the purposes of publicity campaign which was done by Whats Up Naija and Media Support System,” he said.

Metuh is on trial for money laundering to the tune of N400 million and is currently free on bail.

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