Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has found, Olisa Metuh, the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his firm, Dextra Investment Limited guilty of laundering over four hundred million naira.
Ruling on the first count the judge ruled that a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, unlawfully transferred the sum of N400 million to the defendants in November 2014.
Shortly after he was convicted, the trial judged suspended reading the judgment to allow the former PDP spokesman use the gents. Upon his return to the courtroom, Justice Abang proceeded with his judgment on the second count of the charges which bordered on the criminal conversion of N400 million.
According to him, the evidence before him shows that the money was used to fund activities of the PDP. The judge added that Metuh also used the money to acquire a property at Banana Island in Lagos. He explained that this was contrary to the e-payment mandate which stated that the money was meant for security services, whereas Dextra Investment was not a registered security outfit.
However, the new development has generated several reactions on twitter. Here are the reaction below
BREAKING: As expected, Abang jails Olisa Metuh for corruption.
I would have been surprised if Abang didn’t rule like this. He has been accused severally by the opposition to be a pro Govt judge. Suswan is lucky to have gotten him to hands off his case.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) February 25, 2020
News coming from the Federal high court says Olisa Metuh might get a sentence.
I hope it is not true.
— Engr (Dr).Agada(MNSE, COREN, PMP, CIPS, CIM) (@euchileagada) February 25, 2020
Justice Okon Abang has ruled that Former PDP scribe, Oliseh Metuh standing trial for Money Laundering, is guilty. @officialEFCC has proved that he and his company, partook in sharing funds meant for fighting Boko Haram, from the office of Col. Dasuki, former NSA. pic.twitter.com/mDtnbHLKBI
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) February 25, 2020
— onyenwe princely (@onyenweprincel1) February 25, 2020
Olisa Metuh, a spokesperson of PDP
has been found guilty of laundering N400 million meant to fight Boko Haram Court. He's finally going to prison. Theodore Orji & son should get ready, justice is coming soon.
— RKC (@Iam_KinRichard) February 25, 2020
Cunny man die … Cunny man bury am!
Court Finds Olisa Metuh Guilty Of Laundering N400m.
Kuje prison prepared and ready to receive new intake.
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) February 25, 2020
Olisa Metuh walks into court a free man. Unclear if he is going home or to prison. Justice Abang about to clear all doubt on this front pic.twitter.com/UdeNEUVTGm
— Daddy D.O🇳🇬 (@DOlusegun) February 25, 2020
*WITH THE CONVICTION OF EX-PDP NATIONAL SPOKESMAN, OLISA METUH; THAT MORBID RABBLE ROUSER CALLED FEMI FANI-KAYODE, MUST BE PEEING IN HIS PANTS NOW. HE CAN'T ESCAPE PRISON FOR TAKING PART IN THE SHARING OF THE $2.1BN BOKO HARAM FUNDS!*
— usmanov (@usmanyusuf) February 25, 2020
Breaking: Court finds Olisa Metuh guilty on count 2 of converting the sum of N400m to fund activities of @OfficialPDPNig and his personal use.
— TVC News (@tvcnewsng) February 25, 2020
Thank GOD Olisa Métuh went to court today hale and hearty but going back defecting and urinating. Is our GOD not good? Egberun Samu ko le sa mo Olorun lowo. Nigerians laugh last 😂😆😆
— Omo Eyero (@OmoEyero) February 25, 2020
Now that the @officialEFCC has been able to proved that Olisa Metuh partook in sharing funds meant for fighting Boko Haram, from the office of Col. Dasuki, can the Rule of Law withdraw back the international passport of Dasuki and put him in the jail he deserves?
— TallJohn🌍 (@JohnFanimokun) February 25, 2020
He would have spent 4 years out of his jail term now:if he hadn't wasted the judiciary time with all his stage managed ailment and different injuctions
— Baba Abbey (@TAIWOISAACABIOD) February 25, 2020
However some other twitter reaction believe that Justice Abang has alway been a jurist who is a strong supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC that was why metuh was convicted. Here are the reaction below
This is a premeditated judgement, Okon Abang has been biased against Metuh from inception. He has only one mandate, nothing but to jail Metuh at all cost
— OKEY AGBAI (@okeysco) February 25, 2020
I was not bothered this morning when I saw that Justice Abang is d one delivering the judgement, I knew Olisah Metuh is in for it. U can imagine from a judge "he shld av known the money was a proceed of corruption" money from office of NSA to somebody's company?
— Asiwaju Gbobaniyi (@asiwajuadenola) February 25, 2020
Nigeria is a very big disgrace, a judge whose reputation has been damaged like that of Abang shouldn’t have any business in the bench for whatever reason.
So now the objective of the Olisa Metuh’s conviction will always be marred by controversy.
— Onwa (@realonwa2) February 25, 2020
He should appeal.
— Happy Corner Stone (@Dave_Suc) February 25, 2020