A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has told the Federal High Court, in Abuja, on Tuesday, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has frozen all his bank accounts.
Metuh, who expressed shock over the development, said that he learnt of the no-debit order placed on his accounts, after his failed transaction on one of the accounts, on Tuesday.
He told the court presided over by Justice Okon Abang, that as a result of the development, he could no longer feed his family or buy things as common as water and pain-relieving medicine like Panadol.
Metuh was testifying in his trial as a defence witness, when he digressed into making the comments about his frozen accounts, on Tuesday.
The ex-Spokesperson for the PDP said: “The EFCC seized my accounts yesterday night, and I cannot get money to feed my family.
“I am in total shock as I am here talking to you. I do not even know what to say.
“They seized all my accounts in every bank in this country. As I am do not have money to buy Panadol or water to drink.”
Metuh noted that the freezing of his accounts had to do with his ongoing trial on the charges bordering on the N400 million, which he allegedly received fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser, in 2014.
He, however, wondered why the EFCC having earlier seized his assets with the Asset and Resource Management Company Limited, and his funds in other banks, took the fresh step which he said had denied him access to his funds worth more than the amount at stake in the ongoing trial.
He said: “They have alleged in this case that N400 million was stolen. Why would they not limit it to that amount? I do not know how I am going to feed my family? I do not have access to any money at all. I am ready to end this case and submit myself to the judgment of this court.”
His Lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), said that he had no objection to what his client was saying, except the part where he spoke about ending the case.
However, the Judge, Justice Abang, revealed that the issue was not part of the case before him.
Earlier, Metuh had tendered the printouts of some news reports of news conferences he organised as the Spokesperson of the PDP, in July, 2015.
He had said that the news conferences which were critical of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, earned him threats and eventually his arrest and subsequent prosecution.
Recall, that the EFCC is prosecuting Metuh and his Destra Investments Limited, on seven counts of money laundering and fraudulent receipt of N400 million, from the Office of the NSA, on November 22, 2014, for the PDP’s campaign activities.