By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh has dissociated himself from allegation making the rounds that he is one of the sponsors of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.In a statement he personally signed on Sunday reacting to the claims of a splinter group of the militant group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, Metuh washed his hands off the allegations, saying the claims are false.
He stated that â€œOrdinarily, 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.
â€œI 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.
â€œIndeed, 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.â€
He concluded that, â€œFor 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.â€
â€œI 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.â€