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Metuh moves to compel Jonathan to testify in his money laundering trial

JUST IN Dasukigate Supreme Court orders Justice Abang to continue Metuh’s trial Metuh moves to compel Jonathan to testify in his money laundering trial
Bennie Garza | 24 October, 2017, 11:11

Olisa Metuh, former Peoples Democratic Party's National Publicity Secretary, has sought the permission of an Abuja Federal High Court to call ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as a witness in his ongoing trial.

He added his intention was to apply for subpoena to be issued on Jonathan after the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, earlier summoned to testify as Metuh's witness ended his testimony.

Abang's turnaround decision to allow Dasuki appear as a defence witness followed the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld Metuh's application seeking to upturn Abang's ruling against Dasuki's appearance as a witness.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on seven counts of fraud and money laundering.

He is also alleged to have received the sum of N400million meant for procurement of arms from the NSA office on November 22, 2014.

Metuh's lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, has already successfully applied for Dasuki to appear as a defence witness and said he would do the same for Jonathan.

Dasuki's lawyer, Ahmed Raji, said in January 2016: "You can not talk about this matter without talking about President Jonathan".

A court official said that Metuh's legal team filed the draft subpoena before Justice Okon Abang shortly after the Monday's proceedings.

However, Dasuki was not present in court.

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.

Justice Abang noted on Monday that he had since October 3 complied with the Court of Appeal's order by signing the subpoena which was said to have been subsequently served on Dasuki in DSS custody.

Similarly, counsel to the second defendant, Tochukwu Onwugbufor SAN, who shared similar belief with counsel to the first defendant on the plight of Dasuki, however, said he would need to study the application before he can decide whether to oppose it or not.

Yesterday, Justice Abang said he has slated October 25 for the DSS DG to produce Dasuki in court.

"After listening to all the party's submissions, it is my humble view in accordance with the 1999 Constitution and Evidence Act that there is no particular manner to adopt or call witnesses".

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