Court orders Jonathan to appear as witness in Metuh’s case

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday subpoenaed former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear as defence witness of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh.

Background:

  • The EFCC, had in January 2016,  arraigned Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on seven counts of money laundering involving alleged cash transaction of $2m.
  • He was also accused of fraudulent receipt of N400m meant for the procurement of arms from the office of former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
  • Metuh had urged the court to allow him subpoena Jonathan as a defence witness.
  • Former NSA, Dasuki who was supposed to testify was absent from court.

What is happening:

According to Punch, Metuh’s legal team filed the draft subpoena before Justice Okon Abang shortly after the Monday’s proceedings.

A court official said the judge signed the subpoena after retiring to his chambers.

He added that the subpoena ordered him to appear in court on Wednesday.

The source said, “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.

“The judge indicated in the subpoena that the former President should appear in court on Wednesday.

“But whether or not the former President would appear in court on Wednesday would be dependent on if the court bailiff will be able to serve him at his home in Abuja between Monday and the end of Tuesday.”

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