Former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has described the listing of his name by the information minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, among those who looted government funds as an unprecedented executive rascality and lawlessness.
The former spokesman of the opposition party, who is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col Sambo Dasuki, said the prosecution has not established an illegal collusion on his part over the alleged charge, either in law or in fact.
The Minister of information, Lai Mohammed had included Metuh’s name among those who looted state funds.
Metuh said by this publication the federal government has breached our constitution by seeking to burden me with two criminal trials on the same charge, one before Justice Okon Abang and the other before the media.
The former spokesman of PDP, who noted that the case against him is weak, added that the APC-led federal government has resorted to all kinds of tactics to dehumanise and intimidate him.
In response to the publication which he called scandalous, Metuh said “since my arrest on the 5th day of January 2016 and subsequent arraignment, I have refrained from publicly discussing my persecution and travails by the government because as a lawyer, trained in the finest traditions of the Bar, I know that it is wrong to discuss a matter that is subjudice.
“However, the present action of the government leaves me no option than to defend my name and integrity. I have therefore decided to avail the public of the true state of the contrived case against me.