N400m Fraud: EFCC Files Criminal Charges Against Olisa Metuh…Accuses Tony Anenih Of Collecting N21m From Loot
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has filed a seven count charge against the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisah Metuh in a federal high court, Abuja. Interestingly, the name of a former Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, again surfaced in the charges bordering on the diversion of $2.1billion funds meant for procurement of arms. Anenih was accused of collecting N21.8m from the N400million paid into Metuh’s account by the embattled former NSA Sambo Dasuki.
The N21.8m is different from the N260m said to have been paid to Anenih by the Office of the National Security Adviser as alleged by the EFCC in another set of charges of misappropriation of the arms funds preferred against Dasuki and others before Justice Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja.
The EFCC in the fresh charges against Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, today named Anenih as of the beneficiaries of the N400million collected by Metuh in the seven counts of money laundering filed against him and the firm.
The EFCC alleged in the fresh money laundering case, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2016, that Metuh and Destra through their account with Diamond Bank Plc collected the sum of N400m from the NSA office on November 22, 2015, for PDP’s campaign activities. The prosecution alleged that the N400m was “part? of the proceeds of an unlawful activity” of the immediate past NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
In the fresh charges, Metuh and Destra allegedly transferred the sum of N21.8m to Anenih and they (Metuh and Destra) thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.
The EFCC further alleged in the last and seventh count that out of the N400m collected from the NSA office, Metuh transferred the sum of N21,776,000 to Anenih on December 4, 2015.
The count reads, “That you, Olisa Metuh and Destra Investments Limited on December 4, 2015 did transfer the sum of N21,776,000 being part of the sum of N400m which directly represented the unlawful activity of Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, the then National Security Adviser, (to wit: breach of trust and corruption), to Chief Tony Anenih and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.”
In counts five and six, Metuh and the company on December 2, 2015 allegedly made separate cash payments of $1m each to Kabiru Ibrahim and Sie Iyenome of Capital Field Investments. Both cash payments totalling $2m were said to have been made through an agent of the accused person, named, Nneka Nicole Ararume.