Metuh Wants Subpoena Order on Ex-President Jonathan as Dasuki Moves Against Appearing as Defence Witness

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday that he wanted former President Goodluck Jonathan to stand as a defence witness.
This as the ex-National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rted), another defence witness Metuh had gone to Appeal Court to subpoena has vowed not to obey the order until he is released from detention.
At the resumed hearing on the criminal trial of the ex-PDP spokesman over alleged collection of N400m from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Metuh through his lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, Monday, told the court that he would subpoena Jonathan as his defence witness.
Ikpeazu told Justice Okon Abang, the trial Judge that he had written Jonathan to that effect but that the former President has not replied him.
Ikpeazu said his intention was to apply for subpoena to be issued on Jonathan.
He said, “We have another witness on subpoena, and at the end of the evidence of this another witness, we will take a decision on whether or not the first defendant (Metuh) will testify.
“The other witness we want to subpoena is Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Responding to further questions from the Judge, Ikpeazu said, “We wrote him a letter but he did not respond and our plan will be to apply for the subpoena after the first application (for subpoena to be issued on Dasuki).”
Although Ikpeazu said Dasuki was scheduled to be the next to testify for the defence, the ex-NSA was absent from court on Monday.
Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), was however in court to oppose the request to compel the ex-NSA to testify as Metuh’s defence witness.
Raji told the court to set aside the subpoena served on him to testify in defence of Metuh.
Raji told Justice Abang that his client had filed an application to that effect on October 20 and that same had been served on all the parties to the case.
While introducing the application on Monday, Raji said Dasuki had asked as an alternative prayer in the application, an order of stay of execution of the subpoena served on the detainee pending his (Dasuki’s) release from the custody of the Department of State Service.
The DSS had detained Dasuki since December 2015 after the ex-NSA was granted bail in respect of two separate sets of charges instituted against him before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
Justice Abang had earlier refused to grant Metuh’s request to sign the subpoena to be served on Dasuki.
But the Court of Appeal in Abuja on September 29 overruled the Judge and directed him to sign the subpoena.
Justice Abang noted on Monday that he had since complied with the Court of Appeal’s order.
The court adjourned till October 24 for further hearing on the matter
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on September 29, ordered the DSS to produce Dasuki before the court to enable him to testify as Metuh’s witness.
In a unanimous judgement delivered by its three-man panel, the Court of Appeal ordered Justice Abang, before whom Metuh is being prosecuted, to immediately sign the subpoena filed by the ex-PDP spokesperson and same be served on Dasuki, who is in custody of the DSS.
Justice Peter Ige, who prepared and read the lead judgement of the three-man panel of the appellate court, directed Justice Abang to indicate the date which the DSS must produce Dasuki in court and other subsequent dates when the ex-NSA’s court attendance would be required.
Other members of the panel, Justices Emmanuel Agim and Mohammed Mustapha, agreed with the lead judgment.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, had in January 2016, arraigned Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on seven counts of money laundering involving alleged cash transaction of $2m and fraudulent receipt of N400m meant for procurement of arms from the ONSA office on November 22, 2014.

Author: News Editor

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