The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Thursday disclosed that erstwhile Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, Anthony Anenih, benefited from the N400million allegedly received by the party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh.
The EFCC accused Metuh of receiving the N400million from “an unlawful activity” of the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
The anti-graft agency said its investigations also uncovered a suspicious transfer of $1 million from the PDP spokesman through one of his agents, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to Sie Iyenome and Kabiru Ibrahim of Capital Field Investment, an organisation it found not to be a financial institution, in clear contravention of financial regulations.
These accusations formed part of the seven-count charges of corruption the EFCC filed against Metuh and his company – Destra Investment s Limited – before the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The EFCC, however, did not state the reason why Metuh paid Chief Anenih N21, 776,000 and for what purpose.
The commission, which was also silent on what investment Metuh made with the $1million, said it will lead evidence to that effect at trial.
Counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said the commission will arraign the PDP spokesman once the court indicates its readiness to commence trial.
Metuh has been in EFCC custody since last week Tuesday for alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal involving the former NSA, Dasuki.
The formal filing of charges against him should bring to end calls by his party and a cross-section of Nigerians on the EFCC to either charge him to court or release him.