Nigeria's anti-corruption war recorded a major score with the decision of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh deiced to refund N400m to the Federal Government, saying his decision to refund to the Federal Government, the N400 million given to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan was in demonstration of his support of the war against corruption.
Metuh’s lawer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN in a statement Thursday said Metuh’s friends and family were ready to refund the entire N400 million irrespective of the fact that the sum had already been disbursed for the purpose to which he was instructed by the former president. He also affirmed that the whole N400 million was being refunded irrespective of recoveries already made by security agencies.
According to him, the decision follows ongoing talks between the two parties on the issue arising from the payment of N400 million to Metuh by the office of the National Security Adviser on the alleged instruction of President Jonathan for the execution of political party acitivities. Metuh had claimed that he was ignorant of the source of the transferred money at that time and only became aware of it following the advent of the new administration.
The statement said that friends and family were willing to refund the entire money in demonstration of his support of the war against corruption. It read: