The troubled national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has compounded his problems by tearing to shreds the statement he made at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday.
Metuh has been in the custody of the Commission for allegedly receiving N400 million through a company he has interest in and receiving some monthly allocation from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
Apparently distraught that his hunger strike stunt has not softened the resolve of EFCC to keep him in custody pending arraignment in court for act of thievery running into millions of naira, Metuh reportedly seized and tore to shreds copies of statement he had voluntarily made to the Commission.
The suspect, competent sources disclosed, was presented with copies of his statement to endorse by the investigating officer but rather than sign the document, Metuh, apparently realising the weight of his confession, seized the documents and proceeded to tear them.
Metuh was said to be contemplating stuffing the papers into his mouth in a bid to swallow them when he was stopped by operatives who managed to recover the torn pieces of paper from the PDP spokesman.
A source said Metuh’s action – trying to destroy a major evidence in the case – was an offence which could attract a separate charge in court.
“The tearing of statement is tantamount to wilful destruction of government property and it is a serious offence. Also the fact that he obstructed operatives from performing their job is also a criminal offence.
“Will explore the possibility of filing a separate charge against him at the Federal Capital Territory High Court,” the source said,