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Why We Are Still Detaining Olisa Metuh – EFCC Boss

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied insinuations that it was executing the script of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) on leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the continued detention of the opposition party,’s spokesperson, Mr. Olisa Metuh after the release of Jafaru Isa, an APC chieftain.
Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, told journalists Monday that while Mr. Isa had begun the process of refunding the money in his possession, Mr. Metuh had refused to do same.
Said Magu , who spoke with online media publishers in Lagos: “from the records, Metuh got over N400 million, he has not said anything because we need the public money to be returned so that it’s going to be used for public good.”
Continuing , Magu said,“Also Jafaru Isa, what Dasuki gave him was N170 million. He also agreed…of course he has collected that money, he was with us for 4-5 days and then he made a deposit of N100 million and entered an undertaking to bring the rest. That does not mean we will not prosecute him.”
“But this other Metuh, instead of going for a refund, he has admitted he collected money…. so instead of… he still has the money because the money is too much. Instead of returning the money, he preferred to go on strike.”‎
Mr. Isa, a former military governor of Kaduna State, was arrested last Wednesday by EFCC operatives for allegedly receiving N170 million from the embattled National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr. Metuh, the Spokesperson of the PDP, has been in EFCC custody since January 5‎.
The EFCC boss insisted the Commission is not selective in its anti-corruption war‎, noting that only people involved in “some certain action or inaction of corruption” are being invited for questioning.
“Nobody who is not corrupt, who is not involved, is with us,” he said.
“In all the cases, we conduct preliminary investigation. We work hard. If it is company you used, we unveil the profile of the company to see who owns the company. If it’s money, we make sure we follow the money, in your account.
“So it is not true that we just go and carry people and dump them‎. Sometimes you have to give chance to the person accused to say his own side of the story. And in the process the man will disclose a lot of things that you may not know. So it is very necessary for you to follow up on the information received from the person arrested, to strengthen whatever you have.
“We don’t keep people for more than 10-15 days. In fact, in most cases, we obtain relevant court orders. In all cases, if you see we keep somebody, there must be a supporting court order.
“If you are not corrupt, we will not have any cause to invite you. So we only invite corrupt people, no selective.”
Mr. Magu also said he had begun an internal cleansing of the EFCC to weed out corrupt operatives from the anti-graft war.
“I don’t want to disclose what the Commission is doing but I’m telling you I will not work with anybody who is corrupt because there is no moral justification to come and make noise‎, and chase corrupt people when you are yourself corrupt.
“We do not have sufficient personnel – lawyers, detectives the way we want. But the little we have we try to make use of whatever we can lay our hands on.”
A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, on Monday, sued the Federal Government (FG) seeking an unconditional release of Chief Olisah Metuh, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The suit filed in a Federal High Court, Lagos listed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as respondents.
The suit filed under the enforcement of fundamental rights, the plaintiff contended that the arrest and perpetual detention of Metuh without access to his family was unlawful.
He argued that by virtue of Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, the EFCC had exceeded the maximum time allowed by law for the detention of a citizen, without trial in any court.
He, therefore, sought the court order declaring that the arrest and detention of Metuh without charge “is a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights’’.

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