Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Protesters at the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Wadata House Headquarters protesting the arrest of the party’s National PublicitSecretary, Chief Olisa Metuh. Happening Now
Spokesman of the party is in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he may be facing some interrogation.
Metuh who was invited when four officials of the commission arrived his Prince and Princess Estate home was told he had some matters to which he needed to clear the air over.
It was learnt that the officials of the Commission did not tell him the specific case but demanded him to follow them to the commission’s headquarters.
Statement from the Special Assistant to the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Richard Ihediwa reads in part: “Upon enquiry on the reasons for the invitation, the officials stated that he has some issues to clear with the commission. They also said he was not being arrested but friendly invited. The operatives, four in number, came in a White unmarked Toyota Hiace bus.
“As at the time of issuing this statement, Chief Metuh is still being kept at the commission’s headquarters and his lawyers were making frantic efforts to reach him.
“While details of why Chief Metuh was invited is yet to be made pubic by the commission, it could be recalled that severally, Chief Metuh, as the mouthpiece of the opposition party had alerted in various press conferences and statements that he has been under threat and that the ruling party and the government have been very uncomfortable with his stance.
“The latest being the outburst and threats by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun in reaction to Chief Metuh’s criticisms of President Buhari’s widely criticized response on government’s disobedience of court orders, during the last Wednesday’s Presidential Media chat.”
It would be recalled that Metuh at a press briefing in December said the former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan funded an assignment through him and the former President was satisfied with his execution of the undisclosed assignment and amount used to fund the project.
Sources believed the arrest may not be unconnected to the $2.1bn arms fund being investigated by the EFCC.