Bank staff says Metuh ran 5 accounts, as court varies bail conditions

 

 

An authority of Diamond Bank Plc, Eno-Mfon Effiong, yesterday, told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who is confronting trial over asserted N400 million extortion, ran five separate records with the bank.

Effiong, who told the court that she was the record officer to Metuh’s firm, Destra Investment Limited, clarified that the organization as of now had a parity of N6,676,576 in its record, preceding the date the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, acknowledged it for N400 million on November 24, 2014.

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The witness, who affirmed as the PW-3 yesterday, said she was not shocked by “the credit inflows” into the record, 0040437573, considering that both Metuh and his firm were viewed by the bank as “high system clients.”

She clarified that high system clients were those that have high credit inflow into their records, saying “this is normally in light of the fact that the individual is either a chief of industry, a high gaining individual or a set up representative.”

Effiong told the court that she had been dealing with Destra’s record since it was opened on February 10, 2013.

In the interim, a move by the indicting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir to delicate the ledger points of interest and correspondence between Diamond Bank and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, relating to the monetary status of the firm, was contradicted by Metuh’s attorney, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN).

Etiaba griped that a portion of the records did not satisfy the procurements of the Evidence Act as they were not tendered through those that made them.

Nonetheless, Justice Okon Abang rejected the protest, focusing on that the said mistake did not influence the probative esteem or weight of the proof contained in the record.

Thus, the court conceded the letters EFCC kept in touch with Diamond Bank, the bank’s reaction and a Certificate of Identification, dated January 11, 2015, marked by one Matilda Obigho of Compliance Department of the bank, into confirmation.

Likewise, application for variety of the safeguard conditions, forced on Metuh January 19, was moved in court yesterday by Mr. Etiaba.

He begged the court to change a percentage of the terms, particularly the angle that made it required that his sureties should own landed properties at the Maitama area of Abuja.

Conveying his seat controlling yesterday, Justice Abang said he was minded to practice his carefulness for the litigant.

Therefore, the court changed the safeguard conditions and held that the proposed sureties ought to be proprietors of obvious landed properties in any area of the Federal Capital Territory.

The court, in any case, declined to cross out the part of the conditions that gave EFCC the gesture to check and affirm that Metuh has satisfied the safeguard conditions.

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