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Nigerian politician offers to refund over $1.4m to govt chest

Nigerian politician offers to refund over $1.4m to govt chest

Nigeria

A spokesperson for Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, has stated that he is ready to refund an amount of N400 million (equivalent to over $1.4 million) to the government.

The funds in question are in respect monies received from the office of the then National Security Advisor, Sambo dasuki, who is himself being held in prison custody over the $2.4 million money meant to tool the army in the fight against Boko Haram.

Metuh, who is himself in custody of the country’s anti corruption outfit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) made this known through his lawyer in an official statement on Thursday.

It is pertinent to restate our client's continued support for the anti corruption campaign, which is necessary to ensure probity in the affairs of Nigeria to the extent that it is conducted within the rule of law.

“In the light of the circumstances regarding the case of our client, Chief Olisa Metuh with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), we want to explain the reasons for our client’s proposal to refund the N400 million released to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan, and which was expended on a project approved by the ex-president on national issues relating to his presidency and the federal government at that time,” the statement read.

His lawyer insisted that Metuh at the time of receiving the said money had no knowledge of its source and that to the best of his knowledge it was from the ex president, Goodluck Jonathan to whom he rendered all accounts.

According to his lawyer, the decision to refund the money should be seen as an endorsement of the anti-corruption war and also testify to his client’s sincerity, integrity and honesty in the matter at hand.

“It is pertinent to restate our client’s continued support for the anti corruption campaign, which is necessary to ensure probity in the affairs of Nigeria to the extent that it is conducted within the rule of law,’‘ the statement concluded.

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