Court adjourns Metuh’s trial till January 22

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, till January 22, 2018.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the case after Metuh called his ninth defence witness, Mr. Adebayo Bodurin, on Wednesday.

The witness, a director at Daar Communication Plc,  the owner of Africa Independent Television and Ray Power FM Radio, told the court that he received the sum of N7,492,250 from Metuh as payment for advertisements on AIT in 2014.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had preferred seven counts against Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, alleging that the ex-PDP spokesperson fraudulently received the sum of N400m from Office of the National Security Adviser without any justification and spent the funds on the party’s and his personal affairs.

Metuh was also accused of transacting with $2m cash said to be above the threshold of cash payments prescribed by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

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