Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has summoned former President Goodluck Jonathan and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), to appear in court today and testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.
Justice Abang said he had already signed a subpoena, which has been served on them to appear in court today.
Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are charged on seven-counts of money laundering involving alleged cash transaction of $2m and fraudulent receipt of N400m meant for procurement of arms from the office of the National Security Adviser.
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 on the instance of the first defendant (Metuh).
“Therefore, in line with section 241(1) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and having regard to the subsisting judgment of the Court of Appeal in the appeal CA/A/159C/2017 between Olisa Metuh and Federal Republic of Nigeria dated September 29, 2017 to the effect that it will be tantamount to violating the right of the first defendant to fair hearing not to sign the subpoena.
“I have no option other than to sign a subpoena to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear in court on September 25, 2017 (Wednesday) to give evidence at the instance of the first defendant.”