Posted on Wed 25 Oct 2017, 11:16 AM

Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has failed to appear in court to testify as a witness in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh.

Justice Okon Abang of an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had ordered the service of subpoena on Jonathan over the trial of  Metuh on Tuesday, October 24.

The former PDP Spokesperson and his company, Destra Investments Ltd are facing a seven-count charge of receiving the sum of N400m from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki since January 2016.

Metuh’s legal team led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), filed the draft subpoena before Justice Okon Abang shortly after the Monday’s proceedings.

The former PDP Spokesperson had told the court, through his lead counsel, Ikpeazu Monday that he would seek to subpoena the ex-President as a witness.

Ikpeazu told Justice Abang during Monday’s proceedings that he had written formally to the former President notifying him of his intention to have him testify in court but that the former President did not reply to his letter.

Metuh’s attorney said he intended to apply for a subpoena to be issued on Jonathan after the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki earlier summoned to testify as Metuh’s witness would have ended his testimony.

The court had in compliance with the order of the Appeal Court in Abuja on September 29, served a subpoena on Dasuki to testify in the case but Dasuki’s attorney, Ahmed Raji (SAN) said his client who has been detained for two years cannot be compelled to testify because he is not in the state of mind to do so.

Raji said his client will need to be granted bail to refresh his memory of the records of events.

Meanwhile, most of Metuh’s defence witnesses, including Mr. Ben Nwosu, who ended his testimony earlier on Monday, October 24, had insisted that the N400m paid to the ex- PDP Spokesperson from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014, (the money being part of the case against Metuh), was directly authorised by Jonathan.

 

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