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Court remands PDP spokesman in Kuje Prison

The Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh at the Kuje Prison in Abuja.

The order was given today January 15, 2015, after Metuh appeared before the court on money laundering charges.

The PDP spokesperson was charged with the offence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N400 million from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

Metuh was arrested by the EFCC on January 5 and was kept in its custody after he refused to cooperate with the investigation.

His legal troubles escalated when he reportedly tore a statement he had made to the agency.

Metuh has pleaded not guilty to the seven count charge filed against him by the EFCC.

Dasuki is at the center of the massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of $2 billion in funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.

He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the EFCC the day after.

The former NSA is reported to have implicated several prominent persons in the deal including former governors, ex-ministers and members of the PDP.

Dasuki’s lawyer however denied the report that his client had become an informant while the former NSA said that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan was aware of the transactions he had made.

Jonathan has however denied authorizing the release of the stated funds despite the former NSA’s claim that he got the necessary presidential approval for the transactions.

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