Metuh Requests To Call Jonathan As Witness

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 24, 2017

A former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja to appear before it to testify as a witness in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, The Punch is reporting.

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.

"We are saying the failure to investigate what really amounts to an alibi is fatal to (the prosecution) case", Ikpeazu told AFP early a year ago.

The Court of Appeal on September 29 authorised the appearance of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to also testify in the case.

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.

Ikpeazu noted that the former NSA was scheduled to be the next to testify for the defence, but Dasuki was, however, absent in court.

The application seeks an order to set aside the subpoena issued to compel Dasuki to appear before the court to testify, or an order suspending the execution of the order pending the release of the applicant from the DSS custody.

"We have another witness on subpoena, and at the end of the evidence of this other witness, we will take a decision on whether or not the first defendant (Metuh) will testify".

He said he was presently challenging the propriety of his continued detention before the Supreme Court and would prefer to await the outcome of the appeal, else it would appear as if he was preempting his appeal.

That application was however refused by the judge, Okon Abang, who ruled that the former NSA was not a compellable witness in the matter. But they said they needed time to respond to it.

After listening to submissions of counsel, Justice Abang said he had complied with the order of the Court of Appeal and had subpoena Dasuki to appear in court on October 25 at the instance of the defence.

In his ruling, Justice Abang in line with the decision of the Court of Appeal ordered that Dasuki should come and testify before the court in Metuh's trial.

He also informed the court of a motion by counsel to Dasuki, Ahmed Raji (SAN), and called on him to identify his application.

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