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Alleged N400m fraud: Jonathan, Dasuki to  testify in  Metuh’s trial

The Federal High Court in Abuja has reaffirmed that former president  Goodluck Jonathan and former National Security Adviser Col Muhammed Sambo Dasuki must appear before it on Wednesday to testify In the ongoing trial of the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party Olisa Metuh in the N400m corruption charges brought against him by the FG.

Justice Okon Abang signed the subpoena drafted by Metuh’s legal team praying the court to compel the Ex president to testify as witness in the trial.

 

At the Tuesday’s proceeding counsel for Dasuki,  Ahmed Raji prayed the court to set aside the subpoena issued against his client on the ground that Dasuki had been in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, since september 2015 without a lawful court order.

 

Raji argued that the Dasuki is not in the right frame of mind to testify in any matter having been denied access to documents and freedom of movement for almost 2 years by the Federal government.

But counsel for Metuh, Onyechi Ikpeazu opposed the motion by Dasuki on the ground that he is bound by the order of the court to be in court to evidence in the trial.

 

While  prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir in opposing the application by Dasuki also raised 4 grounds for considerations among which were that the federal high court is a subordinate court to the court of appeal and as such cannot  vary or set aside a judgement of the court is appeal.

 

And that the judgement of the appeal court have a binding effect on all parties and urged the court to refused the application by Dasuki seeking to set aside the judgement of the higher court delivered on september 29.

However ruling will be deliver on a motion filed by Dasuki  seeking to set aside the subpoena issued against him to compel him to appear in court.

 

Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Limited were arraigned before the court on a seven-count charge of money laundering preffered  against him  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

They were alleged to have received the sum of  N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

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