In an unforeseen twist to his continued detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the embattled spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisah Metuh on Tuesday, tore up his written statement, which he voluntarily gave at the Abuja head office of the anti-graft agency.
Metuh has been in EFCC custody for over a week now over alleged involvement in the ongoing $2.1 billion arms deal fraud rocking the Office of the National Security Adviser.
According to sources, Metuh, angry over his continued detention snatched the document when an operative of the EFCC brought the statement to him for his signature, preparatory to his arraignment in court.
It was learnt that the PDP spokesman took the spontaneous action after he realized the weight of his confession and its implication when tendered as evidence before the court.
It was further learnt that Metuh in a bid to completely destroy the document, tried to stuff it into his mouth and swallow the pieces but was stopped by EFCC officials who managed to recover what remained of the statement.
An EFCC source said the attempt by the PDP spokesman to destroy a major piece of evidence in the case against him was an offence, which could attract a separate charge in court.
“The tearing of statement is tantamount to willful destruction of government property and it is a serious offence”, the official said.
“Also the fact that he obstructed operatives from performing their job is also a criminal offence. We will explore the possibility of filling a separate charge against him at the Federal Capital Territory High Court”, the source added.
The EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu had on Monday told online media publishers in Lagos that Metuh, who is accused of receiving N400 million from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was playing hard by refusing to refund the said money even after confessing to have received the funds.