By Paul Efiong with agency report
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday ruled that former President Goodluck Jonathan must appear it as a defendant witness Today in the case of alleged financial misappropriation involving former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh.
Also expected to appear, according to the judge was the former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.
He is also to appear as a defendant witness.
The order of the court was in the granting of an application filed by Olisa Metuh, to compel the ex-president to testify in the N400 million fraud charge brought against the applicant.
According to an online report, Justice Okon Abang declared that the ex-president was mandated by the decision of the appellate court to appear before him (Abang) to testify in the criminal suit.
Although he said that Jonathan had not been served the notice, according to him, once there was evidence that he had been served notice of the invitation, the former president must appear.
The judge said that Jonathan and Dasukiwere issued subpoena by the court on the order of the Appeal Court to act as defendant’s witnesses to Metuh.
The N400 million which is the subject of graft was said to have been released from Dasuki’s office.
Abang adjourned ruling on the motion filed by counsel to Dasuki, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), challenging the propriety of the subpoena compelling his client to testify in Metuh’s trial.
Abang said the subpoena mandating both Jonathan and Dasuki to appear in the court on Wednesday must be complied with even as a motion against it was yet to be decided.
Dasuki’s counsel had approached the trial court for it to set aside the subpoena aimed at compelling his client to act as defendant witness in Metuh’s fraud trial.
He argued that the move was unjust.
According to him, his client was not in the right frame of mind to perform such role.
It would be recalled that Dasuki has been in detention for a long time.
Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), and Mr Sylvester Tahir, counsel for Metuh and EFCC respectively objected to the application, as according to them, both Dasuki and Jonathan were competent witnesses in the matter.