Olisa Metuh, the former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party has denied allegations that he is a sympathiser of the terror group called the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA.
In a press statement, Metuh said:
“My attention has been drawn to a false and misleading report circulating in a section of the media, heinously listing my name as one of the sympathizers of the Niger-Delta Avengers”.
“Ordinarily, I would not have responded to this given that I have since chosen to conduct my affairs with the decency and comportment of someone involved in a well-celebrated trial and with a severe spinal problem. I am also not unaware of the series of false reports against my person in the past few months. However, on this occasion, I have chosen to respond, as this particularly borders on matters affecting national security”.
“Indeed, I believe this is a wicked, cruel and devilish plot to link me with such activities and at this very time, especially as the claim is outrightly false”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby state categorically that I do not have any relationship or association whatsoever either as a sympathizer or sponsor of any militant group, including the Avengers”.
” I, therefore, find it very cruel that any person would in any manner whatsoever attempt to associate my name with anything to do with this group or its operations, and I still wonder what the motive behind this sinister plot is”, the statement said.
Olisa Metuh is on trial for his involvement in the arms scandal. He is accused of receiving at least NGN400 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.