Former President Jonathan Denies Metuh: I Know Nothing About Charges Against Metuh

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he knew nothing about the charges preferred against ex Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, that he wants him (Jonathan) to stand as defence witness.
This was contained in an application filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, rejecting the subpoena by Justice Okon Abang last week.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, for allegedly receiving N400m fraudulently from the NSA office and on charges involving cash transaction involving $2m.
Metuh had alleged that the former President gave him the money for the purpose of his re-election campaign in 2014.
Following application by Metuh for Jonathan to stand as defence witness, Justice Abang had issued subpoena, ordering Jonathan and another on the the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to appear in court on Tuesday for their testimonies.
Justice Abang had while ordering Jonathan to appear in court directed the court bailiff to ensure the service of the suboena on him within five days.
However, Jonathan said the subpoena was obtained in bad faith as it was meant to embarrass him.
He argued that Metuh was not his personal aide or an appointee and so could not have dealt with him (Jonathan) directly under any circumstance to warrant the invitation of the applicant to testify in the charge.
He also submitted that there was no nexus between him and Metuh and the charge for which Metuh is standing trial.
And that he knows nothing about the charges the former PDP Publicity Secretary is being tried.
Thus, Jonathan approached the court, Monday, seeking to set aside the order or alternatively direct Metuh to deposit with the court for and on his behalf the sum of N1bn to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja.
The money, according to the former President is also to cover the time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 and 2015.
An affidavit filed in support of the motion read in part, “That he (Jonathan) as the then President of the Federal Republic (2010-2015), appointed ministers and different persons to carry out the day-to-day running of the government activities and such appointees are those who directly related with the President and not third parties, such as the 2nd respondent.
“That it is such appointees that can explain daily government’s transactions which they directly supervised and not the President who was the overall boss.
“That the 2nd respondent, Olisa Metuh, was never at any time a personal aide or appointee of the applicant.
“That he (Jonathan) knows nothing about the seven charges for which the 1st defendant/ 2nd respondent is standing trial before this court and has absolutely nothing to testify about before this court.
“The he, as a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the event that this honourable court refuses prayer one on the motion paper, shall require the sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (one billion naira) only, to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel, from his home town Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja, and also for logistics, and provision of tight security to cover any period of time that he might spend appearing before this court as President of Nigeria between 2010 and 2015.
“That Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, the lead counsel in this matter, informed me under the same circumstances stated in paragraph 4 above, and I verily believe him, that by virtue of the provisions of section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, the applicant is not bound to attend to court except the 2nd respondent herein (Olisa Metuh), who applied for the issuance of subpoena ad testificandum on him, pays for his travelling expenses.”

Author: News Editor

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