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Metuh's Trial: Abang Summons Jonathan To Appear In Court Wednesday

Metuh's Trial: Abang Summons Jonathan To Appear In Court Wednesday”

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Monday revealed plans to get former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to testify in his ongoing trial of allegations of fraud against him before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court.

Metuh is facing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million out of the $2.1 billion dollars arms fund from the former National Security Adviser to the former president, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Consequently, Ikpeazu informed the court that he had intention to apply for subpoena to be issued on Jonathan to appear in court and testify.

The judge said, "Indeed, at the close of business yesterday being October 23, 2017 precisely at about 3.59pm, the registrar forwarded to the court in chamber a subpoena to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear in court to testify a the instance of the first defendant (Metuh)".

The development was confirmed Tuesday, when Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja Federal High Court issued the order asking Jonathan to appear and testify in the matter.

"The judge indicated in the subpoena that the former President should appear in court on Wednesday", the source said.

Dasuki's lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), who was present, opposed the Appeal Court's decision to have him testify.

He adjourned the matter till today for the first defendant to call another witness as Dasuki was billed to appear in court tomorrow to give evidence.

Metuh is answering to a seven-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Destra Investment Limited.

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.

The appellate court, in the judgment, set aside Justice Abang's decision that Dasuki was not a compellable witness, ordered him to sign the subpoena and directed the Director General of the DSS to produce Dasuki at Metuh's trial on a date to be fixed by the trial court. But they said they needed time to respond to it.

"I can authoritatively tell you that Metuh's legal team filed the subpoena before the judge on Monday and the judge signed the subpoena promptly after the proceedings on Monday".



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