The family of the embattled spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, whose trial in court still continues, have cried out over his state of health.
Chief Olisa Metuh’s family has said that their son is ready to refund the N400m he allegedly collected from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Lt.Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd).
Punch reports that Chief Gilbert Metuh, who issued the statement on behalf of the Metuh family, said his brother’s life was in danger because of his alleged spinal cord injury.
He said that the family was aware that the matter regarding their son was subjudice, but said the family was only reacting to issues that were in public glare.
Gilbert Metuh said, “Since his (Metuh’s) arrest and even up to about a week ago, our son has made several overtures to the arresting authority for him to refund the money since they now claim in court that it came from government coffers. All efforts have been unsuccessful.
“It is instructive that out of over 300 names listed as having received money from the ONSA, all those who offered to refund money were not arraigned in court.
“Our son is the only one whose offer to refund money was rejected and has been arraigned in court and his case given accelerated hearing. On each trial date the hostility in the courtroom is palpable.”
Metuh is currently being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly receiving the money, which the prosecution said was from government purse.
But the accused has consistently said he was not aware that the money came from the government coffers.
The money was said to have been released to him to launder the alleged bad image of the former President some months to the 2015 presidential election which Jonathan eventually lost.
Metuh had lost in his bid to quash the charge as both the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and the Court of Appeal said he had a case to answer on the issue.
He had also lost at the High Court in his bid to secure his passport to enable him travel abroad to seek medical treatment of his alleged illness.