Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dasuki gave PDP N10b - Witness

The Federal High Court in Abuja heard on Tuesday that the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) withdrew the sum of N10 billion from the Central Bank and shared same to chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the party's presidential convention. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also told the court how the sum of N766m representing N400m and N366m that were paid into his Destra Company was shared. The said N10 billion was converted into dollars which amounted to $47m which was given to the ADC to former President Goodluck Jonathan and his Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to share to PDP members for the presidential convention. A detective at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Junaid Sa'ad, stated these while testifying in the trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh.

He said the $2m which the PDP spokesman gave to Nneka Ararume is strongly linked to the $47m which was shared among party members by Dasuki. Sa'ad, who was the eighth and last witness in the case, said: "Investigation revealed that after payment of N400m by ONSA, a total sum of N366m was paid into the same account by one Kabiru Ibrahim, who also paid in N150m; Capital Field Investment Limited paid in N91m, and one Eyitonye, paid in N82m. "These funds formed the naira equivalent of $2m, which the first defendant (Metuh) gave to one Nneka Ararume in cash. "Investigations revealed that all this money was used for PDP campaign activities and for personal use by the first defendant.

The money used for PDP campaign activities were from the sum of N400m. Among the disbursement made, the sum of N77.5m was paid to CMC connect for campaign activities; the sum of N25m was paid to Abba Dabo for campaign activities; and the sum of N21.7m was paid to Chief Tony Anenih. Another sum of N5m was discovered to have been paid to Chief Kema Chikwe, and the sum of N50m was found to have been transferred to a joint account of the first defendant and his wife.
The sum of N500m was also discovered to have been transferred to Daniel Ford International Limited in two tranches of N200m and N300m for the purpose of buying landed property at Banana Island, Lagos, by Metuh. According to the witness "In the course of investigation, it was revealed that the former NSA, Col.Sambo Dasuki (rtd) withdrew N10 billion from Central Bank and converted same into dollars which amounted to $47m and gave the money to the ADC to former President Goodluck Jonathan and his Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to share to PDP members for the presidential convention.

The $2m given to Nneka Ararume by Metuh is strongly linked to that disbursement. "The $47m which was converted on November 27, 2014 and shared out to PDP members for presidential convention. Just four days after the money was converted was when Metuh gave the $2m to Miss Ararume to invest. Asked under cross examination whether there was any document on the withdrawal of the N10 billion by Dasuki, the witness said document for the withdrawal is part of the other charges to be preferred against Dasuki.

He added that there was however no document as to the $47m because the money was shared in cash. Sa'ad further testified to the effect that Metuh diverted N50m out of the N400m given to him by a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for "security services" to purchase landed property at Banana Island in Lagos. The witness, who was cross examined by Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), confirmed that former President Jonathan had requested for Metuh's account details after he made a presentation to him that had to do with the image of the PDP, which was embarking on a national election. "In the course of the investigation, the team visited the residence of the first defendant and invited him to the commission. He was interviewed. After the interview, he was asked if he was willing to volunteer a statement in writing.

He said, 'yes'. When he concluded writing his statement, which was in four sheets, he handed them over to us. I read what he had written. I also gave it to my other team members to read. After that, I returned it to him for endorsement. "He endorsed the first sheet, he endorsed the second sheet; when he was to endorse the third sheet in which he had stated that the money he received from ONSA was used for PDP campaign activities to settle his personal debts, to the surprise of the team, he suddenly tore the sheet. The pieces of the torn sheets were then recovered from him and registered as exhibit."

Meanwhile, the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, announced that it has closed its case against Metuh. With the development, Metuh is expected to open his defense on February 18, 2016.

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