A former National Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Monday frozen all his bank accounts.
A stunned Metuh said he learnt of the no-debit order placed on his account after his failed transaction on one of the accounts on Tuesday.
He told the court presided over by Justice Okon Abang that as a result of the development, he could no longer feed his family or buy things as common as water and pain-relieving medicine like Panadol, Punch writes.
“The EFCC seized my accounts yesterday night and I can’t get money to feed my family,” he said
“I am in total shock as I am here talking to you. I don’t even know what to say.
“They seized all my accounts in every bank in this country. As I am don’t have money to buy Panadol or water to drink.”
The former PDP image maker wondered why the EFCC didn’t limit the freezing of his accounts to his ongoing trial on the charges bordering on the N400m he allegedly received fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.
“They have alleged in this case that N400m was stolen. Why would they not limit it to that amount? I don’t know how I am going to feed my family? I don’t have access to any money at all. I am ready to end this case and submit myself to the judgment of this court.”
In response, Justice Abang advised the defendant to ask his lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), to discuss the issue with the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, who was present in court, saying the issue was not part of the case before him.