Metuh goes gaga in detention, attempts to swallow torn statement

Olisa Metuh

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary held by EFCC
Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary held by EFCC

Detained spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh has torn the statement he made on oath to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and even attempted to swallow shreds of the statement.

According to The Nation, the EFCC may arraign him in court for alleged wilful destruction of government property and obstruction of operatives from performing their job.

The anti-graft agency has drafted forensic experts to analyse the shredded statement.

A source in the commission said Metuh went dramatic because his “self-imposed hunger strike” did not help in saving him from detention.

The source said: “Apparently distraught that his hunger strike stunt has not softened the resolve of the EFCC to keep him in custody, pending arraignment in court for alleged thievery running into millions of naira, Metuh seized and tore to shreds copies of a statement he had voluntarily made to the commission.

“The suspect was presented with copies of his statement to endorse by the investigating officer but rather than signing the document, Metuh, apparently on realising the weight of his confession, seized the documents and tore them.

“Metuh was said to be contemplating stuffing the papers in his mouth in a bid to swallow them when he was stopped by operatives who recovered the torn pieces of paper from him.”

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Responding to a question, the source added: “We have drafted forensic experts to analyse the torn statement. There is no hiding place for him.

“We decided to let the public know his misdemeanour in custody. We will present the report of the forensic analysis to the court whenever he is charged.”

The source, however, said Metuh’s unruly behaviour could attract a separate charge in court.

The source said: “The tearing of statement is tantamount to wilful destruction of government property and it is a serious offence,

“Also, the fact that he obstructed operatives from performing their job is a criminal offence. We will explore the possibility of filing a separate charge against him at the Federal Capital Territory High Court.”

Metuh is under investigation for the N1.4 billion found in a company belonging to him. At least N400 million of the money came directly from the Office of the National Security Adviser.