N400 Million Fraud: Metuh’s lawyer vows to appeal judgement
The former PDP spokesperson was sentenced to seven years.
Related NewsThe former spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, will appeal his conviction and sentencing handed by the Federal High Court in Abuja Tuesday, his lawyer said.Mr Metuh was convicted for corruption and sentenced to seven years in jail for illicitly receiving N400 million public funds. Prosecutors charged him with money laundering.
The anti-graft agency, EFCC, had accused Mr Metuh of receiving N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser.The money was paid in the run-up to the 2015 general elections when the PDP was still in power, and formed a part of about $2.1 billion allegedly plundered after being earmarked for defence procurement.
In his judgement, the judge also convicted Mr Metuh for transacting with the cash sum of $2 million without going through a financial institution.He sentenced Mr Metuh to seven years imprisonment for counts 1, 2, 4 and 7, five years imprisonment in respect of count 3, and three years in respect of counts 5 and 6.
He, however, said the terms shall run concurrently.Justice Abang also directed Mr Metuh to pay a fine of N375 million to the Federal Government. He also ordered Destra Investments to pay N25m to the Federal Government of Nigeria.The judge also ordered that the accounts of Destra(second defendant) in Diamond Bank and Asset Resource Management to be closed and their proceeds forfeited to the Federal Government.
He also ordered the winding up of Mr Metuh’s company, Destra.Lawyer’s reactionReacting to the judgement, Mr Metuh’s lawyer, Abel Ozioko, said, “For me, this is a good example of bad judgement.”“We have our appeal in our hands,” Mr Ozioko added.Mr Metuh’s lawyer further said he still jas confidence in the law court and “We are heading upstairs to the three wise men to know whether he is right or wrong.”
On his part, the lawyer to the second defendant(Metuh’s company) Tochukwu Onwugbufor, said they were disappointed in the judgement.Mr Onwugbufor said, why they are disappointed is because they thought their defence tool would be utilised in the course of the judgment.
“We thought our defence tool would be useful during the judgement but incidentally the consideration was vested in the evidence of the prosecution,” he said.According to the senior lawyer, “The judge relied on many evidence of the prosecution to convict the accused, without reference to the evidence of the accused person.
Appeal is one of the fundamental human right of a prisoner but must be done from the prison
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