Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has appeared as the third defence witness (DW3) for the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, who is standing trial for his alleged role in the infamous $2.1 billion arms deal involving the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd. ).
Metuh is being prosecuted alongside his company, Destra Investment Limited, on a seven-count charge before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is accused of allegedly receiving N400 million from former NSA, Col. Dasuki (retd).
At an earlier sitting on Tuesday, the defence had presented Mr. Colex Ifeanyi Odenigbo, a consultant with Q-time Nigeria Limited, who had told the court that there was a remittance of N450 million from the Office of the NSA to Destra Nig Limited; the source of which he said was not made known to him.
Also at the resumed sitting on Wednesday, Okupe, while being led in evidence by Metuh’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, (SAN), narrated how he was part of the meeting in which Metuh made a presentation on what could be done to launder the image of the then president and that of the PDP.
“After the meeting, the president said he will make a directive for Metuh to be mobilised with funds to carry out the project. The next day, Metuh called me to tell me that his account had been credited with N400m”, Okupe said.
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