By Oladipupo Awojobi – The spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh is currently at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, answering questions regarding some fund said to have been traced to his firm.
Operatives of the agency reportedly arrived the Abuja home of Mr. Metuh on Tuesday morning, and invited him to follow them to the commission’s headquarters.
Mr. Metuh’s aide, Richard Ihediwa, in a statement said upon enquiry on the reasons for the invitation, the officials stated that he has some issues to clear with the commission.
“They also said he was not being arrested but friendly invited. The operatives, four in number, came in a White unmarked Toyota Hiace bus,” Mr. Ihediwa said.
He also said as at the time of issuing the statement, Mr. Metuh was still being kept at the commission’s headquarters and his lawyers were making frantic efforts to reach him.
“While details of why Chief Metuh was invited is yet to be made public by the commission, it could be recalled that several times, Chief Metuh, as the mouthpiece of the opposition party, had alerted in various press conferences and statements that he has been under threat and that the ruling party and the government have been very uncomfortable with his stance.
“The latest being the outburst and threats by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun in reaction to Chief Metuh’s criticisms of President Buhari’s widely criticized response on government’s disobedience of court orders, during last Wednesday’s Presidential Media chat.
“The Office of the National Publicity Secretary will keep the public updated on any development on the issue,” the statement said.
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for comments at this time.