The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC today escaped a reprimand by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for issuing a press release on court transactions in the trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Olisa Metuh.
At the resumed hearing of the case of human rights abuse instituted by Metuh against the EFCC for detaining him illegally for two weeks, counsel to Metuh had complained before Justice Okon Abang about what he described as half truths and misleading publications by the EFCC as regards his client. The lead counsel to Metuh had hinged his complaint on the fact that EFCC deliberately hid from their press statement certain facts established in court including the acknowledgement by the EFCC operative during cross examination that Metuh never ate his statement while with the commission.
He also read out a section in the ONSA document wherein it was expressly stated that the N400m payment to Metuh followed due process.
The EFCC operative had also stated that in the cause of his investigation, he did not come across any evidence that Metuh had any personal relationship and/or direct dealings with the former NSA Sambo Dasuki. Also, he confirmed that he had no documentary and/or oral evidence to back his claim that Dasuki withdrew N10 billion and changed it into dollars and distributed to top PDP leaders during their national convention, ditto his claim that the $2m given to Nneka Ararume actually came from the Dasuki withdrawn sum.
In his ruling, Justice Abang ordered that the matter be brought up during the continuation of the criminal matter.