Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Court rejects Jonathan, Dasuki’s application against subpoena in Metuh’s trial

The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki filed against a subpoena ordering him to appear as a witness defence in the trial of former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

Justice Okon Abang also struck out former President Goodluck Jonathan’s application against the subpoena.

Jonathan had said Metuh must pay N1 billion to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, to Abuja and also for time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 to 2015.

The former President contended that his request was in line, with the provisions of Section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.   

Jonathan also said testifying in the case will expose him to criminal charges.

While, Dasuki on Wednesday said he won’t be able to testify in the trial due to 'memory loss'  after spending about two years in DSS custody.

But Okon said he had no jurisdiction to entertain Jonathan’s application challenging the subpoena since he had yet to be served with the court’s subpoena directing him to appear in court.

The court also said accepting Dasuki’s application seeking an adjournment pending the determination of his motion in relation to the subpoena will flout the judgement by the Court of Appeal.

Justice Abang, after dismissing the application, ordered Dasuki to enter the witness box.

Metuh on Wednesday also told the court that he does not have N1 billion naira to pay Jonathan.

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