Three days after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, invited the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, for a ‘friendly’ chat, his family has cried out that he should be released immediately or charged to court.
The family also denied media reports that Metuh received N1.4 billion from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
In a statement signed yesterday by Chief Gilbert Metuh for the Obi-Ezeani-Nnewi, the family said the PDP spokesman acknowledged he delivered on an assignment for former President Jonathan and was duly paid.
The family expressed concern that that charges for which Mr. Metuh was arrested have not been made known to him neither has it been made known to them or the general public, raising the alarm that the PDP spokesman has refused to eat in detention over fears he might be poisoned.
The family’s statement read in part: “Metuh family – the Obi-Ezeani-Nnewi- has noted with grave concern the continued incarceration of their Diokpa and spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh (Ugochidebelu Nnewi) since his arrest Tuesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Whereas the charges for which Chief Metuh is being detained for over 48 hours now have not been formally made known to the family and the general public; we have noted some sensational publications in a section of the media claiming that our son collected the sum of N1.4 billion from the arms deal cash and has been collecting N4 million monthly from the Office of the former National Security Adviser.
“We have confronted our son with this allegation and he assured us that they are completely false.
“However, he acknowledged that in the course of his duties as the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, the then leader of the party and President of the country directed him to carry out some urgent national assignment relating to his office, which the former President duly funded and which he duly carried out to the satisfaction of the former President.
“The family, therefore, views the publications bandying the figure of N1.4 billion and alleged collection of N4 million stipend from the Office of the NSA as deliberate blackmail aimed at inflaming public sentiments against our son.
“Our biggest concern for now is the health and safety of our son, who even before his arrest has alerted the nation about various threats to his life, a stance that is not unconnected to his position as the spokesperson of the opposition. Our position is more so as he has refused to eat following fears of intentions to poison him in detention.
“In view of the above therefore, we DEMAND that the EFCC immediately release our son, Chief Metuh (Ugochidebelu Nnewi) from detention or charge him to court”.