I can’t feed my family, EFCC has frozen all my accounts, Metuh begs court

Chidi Samuel|

Olisa Metuh, the embattled former National Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Tuesday told the Federal High Court in Abuja that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen all his bank accounts.

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.

He expressed shock over the development, stating that he became aware of the no-debit order placed on his account following his failure to make withdrawals from the account on Tuesday.

Metuh said, “The EFCC seized my accounts yesterday night and I can’t get money to feed my family.

“I am in total shock as I am here talking to you. I don’t even know what to say.

“They seized all my accounts in every bank in this country. As I am don’t have money to buy Panadol or water to drink.”

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According to him, the freezing of his accounts had to do with his ongoing trial on the charges bordering on the N400m 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 N400m was stolen. Why would they not limit it to that amount? I don’t know how I am going to feed my family? I don’t 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 he had no objection to what his client was saying except the part where he spoke about ending the case.

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But the judge, Justice Abang said the issue was not part of the case before him and advised the defendant to ask his lawyer to discuss the issue with the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, who was present in court.

The anti-graft agency is prosecuting Metuh and his Destra Investments Limited, on seven counts of money laundering and fraudulent receipt of N400m from the Office of the NSA on November 22, 2014.