My detention was meant to suppress opposition in Nigeria, Metuh finally reveals

My detention was meant to suppress opposition in Nigeria, Metuh finally reveals

- Former spokesman of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, has revealed why he was detained

- Metuh noted that he played his roles as the voice of the opposition party in the country

- According to the PDP chieftain, his trial was politically motivated

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Chief Olisa Metuh, a former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he has no regrets over his duties as spokesman of the main opposition party.

Leadership reports that he said despite his ordeal and travails, he would not fail in his patriotic duty to the nation. gathered that Metuh, who spoke while fielding question from journalists who visited him at his residence in Abuja on Wednesday, February 17, said it has since become clear that his arrest, detention, court case, media trial and multiple persecutions were all politically motivated to suppress the opposition.

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My detention was meant to suppress opposition in Nigeria, Metuh finally reveals

The former publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said he was detained because of his role as the voice of the opposition. Credit: @OfficialPDPNig
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He stressed that his press statements and other activities as the national publicity secretary of the PDP were geared towards cautioning on wrong policies as well as proffering alternative ideas for the progress of the nation.

Metuh said:

“It is clear that my travails and ordeals were politically motivated to suppress the voice of the opposition, which I represented then, but I don’t regret anything I did as opposition spokesperson.
“All I did was in line with my patriotic duty in defending democracy and its tenets which were being assaulted; alerting the nation and cautioning on wrong policies while providing alternative ideas that would help move our nation forward."

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Metuh was sentenced to seven years in prison in February 2020, following many count charges bordering on money laundering.

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It was reported that Metuh's conviction was voided by the Court of Appeal in December the same year, on the basis of the claim that the ruling of the court was born out of bias.

The Justice Stephen Adah-led panel ordered that the case be sent back to the chief judge of the Federal High Court so as to be presided over by another judge.


Wale Akinola is a passionate journalist and researcher. He works as a senior political/current affairs editor at He holds both B.A and Master’s degree in Communications and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. He also holds a Diploma Certificate in Peace Journalism. He has over 15 years of work experience in both print and online media. He derives joy in keeping the public abreast of current happenings locally and internationally through his writings.


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