Metuh seeks to call Jonathan as witness

Olisa Metuh, former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, October 23, 2017 told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja that he would subpoena former President Goodluck Jonathan as his defence witness.

The former PDP’s spokesperson is standing trial alongside Destra Investment on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N400million, which he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, in 2014 to run advocacy campaign for former Jonathan.

Speaking through his counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, Metuh, said he had written Jonathan to that effect, but had not received any response from him. 

“The other witness we want to subpoena is Goodluck Jonathan, former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he told the Federal High Court in Abuja.

“We wrote him a letter but he did not respond and our plan will be to apply for subpoena after the first application (which compels Dasuki to appear as a witness).”

Dasuki is on trial in a separate case, accused of illegally diverting some $2 billion in defence funds meant to equip Nigeria’s military against Boko Haram jihadists.

The money is alleged to have been sent to prominent PDP figures.

Dasuki has said Jonathan was aware of the alleged “arms scam”. Metuh’s lawyer said his client, too, was only acting on Jonathan’s orders.

Ikpeazu has called the former president “an indispensable witness” and said Metuh should be acquitted if he is not called to the stand.

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