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Olisa Metuh to be Quizzed by EFCC over N1.4bn Traced to His Firm from NSA Account

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The Economic  and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives probing the $2.1 billion arms
contracts have reportedly traced N1.4billion to the account of a company
allegedly linked with Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) spokesman  Olisa
Metuh.

There were indications yesterday that the account of the
company, Destra Investment Limited, may be frozen when the ongoing probe gets
to a “convenient bend”, according to Saharareporters.
The anti-graft commission has placed the activities of the
company and its bank transactions under surveillance.
The Department of State Service (DSS) has also invited Metuh
for interaction on some issues.
The DSS’ invitation has, however, attracted protests from
some PDP leaders.
According to sources, EFCC investigators discovered that
Destra Investment Limited was used to fund the PDP’s activities, including its
2015 campaign.
The EFCC found that the company, which had N6, 676,576.06 as
at November 24, 2014, recorded a balance of N1.4billion by last December.
Some of the strange deposits in the account are: N400million
from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) on November 24th, 2014;
N253million ( December 2nd and 4th, 2014) from Ibrahim Kabiru whose identity
was yet to be confirmed; N91million on 2nd December 2014 from Capital Field
Investment; and N92million on 3rd December 2014 from Etonye Oyintoneife.
A source in the commission said: “We will invite Metuh any
moment from now for clarifications on some of these transactions in this firm,
which he allegedly owns.
“From our records, part of the $2.1billion arms cash has
been traced to Destra Investment Limited. About N400million was transferred
from ONSA to the company on November 24, 2014 which had a balance of N6,
676,576.06 only before major in flow from the ONSA.
“By December 2015, the owner of Destra had a turnover of
over N1.4billion. There is no document  to show that the company executed
any job for ONSA. All companies engaged by ONSA appeared before the initial
Special Investigative Panel raised by the Presidency.
“Other documents indicated that Metuh was allegedly on a
monthly unexplained stipend of N4million cash from ONSA.
“Out of the funds in Destra account, N25million was paid to
Abba Dabo, a former Senior Special Assistant Political to former Vice President
Namadi Sambo on the 16th of December 2014.
“Also, about N21,776,000 was remitted on 4th December 2014
to an account allegedly belonging to a former Minister of Works, Chief Tony
Anenih; N31.5million to his media aide and N50 million to Metuh/Kanayo on the
same transaction date.
“We have also established a link between Capital Field
Investment and SEI Societe d’equipments Internanaux-Niamey-Niger BP 11737 which
was  hired by ONSA to purchase  €3,654,121million security vehicles
for the Republic of Niger in October 2013 and April 2014.”
Metuh has accused the EFCC of subjecting him to media trial,
The EFCC source rejected the accusation, saying: “Metuh is not on media trial
at all but he is being investigated and the public should know why he is under
searchlight.
“You will recall that the EFCC did not talk about the
ongoing probe until Metuh openly admitted that he got some funds from
ex-President Goodluck Jonathan but he refused to disclose the amount and the
purpose.
“When he was aware that this commission was closing in on
him, he also said some forces were after him. We refused to join the political
fray because we are a professional agency.
“But we owe Nigerians a duty to reveal the facts at our
disposal to let them appreciate the extent of what we are doing. EFCC is not
out to witch-hunt anybody or group; we will, however, recover all traceable
funds meant for arms.”
The source claimed that “the account of Destra and accruing
transactions have been placed on surveillance.
“If there is need to freeze the account, we will do so later
but we are yet to get to this investigative level, “ the top source added.
Reacting last night, Metuh told our correspondent: “Since
they are doing a one-sided prosecution without invitation to me, they should
continue and get their conviction by the media. Anytime I get invitation, I
will honour it.
“I don’t know whether they are investigating the company I
have interest in or my office as the National Publicity Secretary of PDP.
Whichever one, my hands are very clean in this matter. I am ready to honour
their invitation.
“I have not done anything unlawful. Whatever I have done in
pursuance of my office, I can defend it anywhere, any time.”
There was disquiet in PDP following Metuh’s invitation by
the DSS.
It was learnt that the invitation had to do with payment of
about N9m-N10million to the Anambra State chapter of PDP about five years ago.
A party source said: “I think the APC government is just out
to silence Metuh at all cost. What  has he done to deserve the recurring
pressure and intimidation?
“When the PDP was in power, the APC was allowed to criticise
the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. There is no way Metuh can
be isolated from PDP, which he represents. We are unhappy as a party that they
are trying to muzzle the opposition.
“It is not in the interest of our democracy  to go
after opposition leaders and coerce them into silence. What has Metuh got to do
with a five-year issue in Anambra State?”

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Photos: XLR8 wins NIPR Presidential Award for Best Corporate PR Consultancy of the Year

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The 2017 NIPR Presidential Awards ceremony held in Lagos
recently, where XLR8, one of Nigeria’s leading communications management
consultancy was awarded as the Corporate PR Practitioner of the Year 2017 in
Lagos.

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Ex SGF, Gidado Idris dies at 82

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji
Gidado Idris (GCON), is dead. He died at the age of 82.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, confirmed the
news Facebook post on Saturday morning.
“From God we all came and to Him we shall all return. Just
learnt that former SGF Mallam Gidado Idris died on Friday. May Allah Grant his
soul Aljannah Firdaus. Amin,” el-Rufai wrote.
Born on March 15, 1935 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Idris was
trusted aide to the late Premier of Northern Nigeria and Sardauna of Sokoto,
Sir Ahmadu Bello.
When General Abacha took over on November 17, 1993, Idris became
the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and a few months later, he
was appointed SGF, a post he held till he retired in 1999.

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Drake Bell & Josh Peck put their home for sale

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The abode Drake
Bell and Josh Peck called
home on their popular Nickelodeon show just hit the market.
The San Fernando Valley house, which show producers used for
exterior shots is up for sale for $1.85 million. It’s got 5 bedrooms, 5 baths,
a tennis court and a pool.
Drake and Josh shared a bedroom on TV, but the real crib has
enough space for both brothers, their parents and little sister played by Miranda Cosgrove to each have
their own room.

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