Refund N400m Arms Money Or Remain In Jail, EFCC Boss Magu Tells PDP Spokesman Olisa Metuh
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has said that the continued detention of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is due to his unwillingness to admit and return the over N400 million he allegedly received from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki who is currently facing multiple trial for sharing over $2.1billion arms money for friends, associates and chieftains of the PDP to prosecute the 2015 presidential election of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Magu who denied claims that the EFCC was on a witch-hunt of leaders of the opposition PDP after its continued detention of Metuh and release of Jafaru Isa, an All Progressives Congress chieftain, claimed that Mr. Isa had begun the process of refunding the money in his possession while Metuh had refused to do same. The EFCC boss spoke in Lagos today at a meeting with a online news publishers.
According to him “From the records, Metuh got over N400 million, he has not said anything because we need the public money to be returned so that it’s going to be used for public good.
“Also Jafaru Isa, what Dasuki gave him was N170 million. He also agreed…of course he has collected that money, he was with us for 4-5 days and then he made a deposit of N100 million and entered an undertaking to bring the rest. That does not mean we will not prosecute him.”
“But this other Metuh, instead of going for a refund, he has admitted he collected money…. so instead of… he still has the money because the money is too much. Instead of returning the money, he preferred to go on strike.”?
Mr. Isa, a former military governor of Kaduna State, was arrested last Wednesday by EFCC operatives for allegedly receiving N170 million from the Dasuki, while Mr. Metuh, the Spokesperson of the PDP, has been in EFCC custody since January 5?.
The EFCC boss insisted the Commission is not selective in its anti-corruption war?, noting that only people involved in “some certain action or inaction of corruption” are being invited for questioning. “Nobody who is not corrupt, who is not involved, is with us”, he added.