The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday May 27, 2016 formally received a petition asking the anti-graft agency to probe the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan on the alleged mismanagement of $2.1billion released to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for arms purchase – to prosecute the war against Boko Haram in the northeast of Nigeria.
The petition is also requesting the EFCC to invite Jonathan for interrogation on why he made N400million public funds available to a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, for personal and private party use.
According to reports, the May 24, 2016 petition came from a former PDP member of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Ikenna Ejezie, through his counsel, Barrister Osuagwu Ugochukwu Esq.
Both President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, were copied in the said petition.
The petition reads:
“We are solicitors to Hon. Ikenna Ejezie hereinafter called our client and with you as he has instructed.
Our client is requesting you to, in the public interest, invite ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for questioning and possible prosecution over his role in the misuse of $2.1billion through the Office of the National Security Adviser (Col. Sambo Dasuki rtd) and disbursement of N400million funds to Olisa Metuh for personal and private political party use.
Our client notes that Dasuki had stated severally whilst in your commission that the $2.1billion was authorized for disbursement by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for arms purchase, but later turned out to be for selfish purpose.
Olisa Metuh also had admitted that former President Goodluck Jonathan transferred and/ or authorized release of N400million public funds to his account for political campaign of Jonathan rather than for public interest.
Our client informed us that the confession of Olisa Metuh is contained in his criminal statement with the EFCC.
Our client is thus shocked that in spite of the implication of ex-President Jonathan in the current prosecution of Metuh and Dasuki, the former President has not been invited for his statement to be taken nor has he been prosecuted by the EFCC as co-accused/ defendant.
Our client herewith requests that the ex-President be invited for questioning and to commence prosecution as he was the one who did authorize the disbursement of the $2.1billion and N400million public funds that were illegally abused and misappropriated by Dasuki and Metuh who are both standing trial in various courts in Abuja.
Our client demands that this request be responded to within seven days from the receipt of this letter and as quickly as possible”
- Barr. Osuagwu Ugochukwu Esq.
Counsel to Hon. Ikenna Ejezie