The embattled former spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Olisa Metuh, has denied allegations that he has a relationship with the Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group in Nigeria’s southern region that has vandalised oil facilities of different companies in the oil rich region.
In a statement on Sunday, Mr Metuh disassociated himself from the activities of the group, saying that the allegation was wicked, cruel and devilish.
He said his statement was in response to what he called false and misleading report circulating in a section of the media, heinously listing him as one of the sympathisers 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 out rightly false.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby state categorically that I do not have any relationship or association whatsoever either as a sympathiser or sponsor of any militant group, including the Avengers,” Mr Metuh stated.
He further stressed his decision not to be drawn into any controversy at this time, saying: “It is pertinent that I reiterate that my only preoccupation now remains matters concerning my health and extant court trial as I continue to conduct my affairs with dignity and single-mindedness”.
The former PDP spokesman also asked the Federal Government and security agencies to immediately investigate and arrest one Cynthia Whyte, who he claimed purportedly circulated the report.
“Ensure that you get to the root of this matter.
“This is a security issue and nobody should be allowed to play politics with it,” he stressed.
Mr Metuh is standing trial for on allegations of financial crimes preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.