Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Court postpones decision on appearance of Dasuki, Jonathan as Metuh's witnesses

JUST IN Dasukigate Supreme Court orders Justice Abang to continue Metuh’s trial Metuh wants Goodluck Jonathan as next Witness
Marlene Weaver | 25 October, 2017, 04:00

Sambo Dasuki (retd), has said that he is now in a state of turmoil and would not want to implicate himself testifying in the trial of ex-national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh.

Dasuki said that having not exhausted his right of appeal, "It will be overreaching on the Applicant and pre-emptive of the Suprem Court, if the Applicant is compelled to give evidence in this case, bearing in mind that the subject matter thereof is intricately knitted to the current charges filed against him".

It will be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had in January 2016, arraigned Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, on counts of money laundering involving in alleged cash transaction of $2million and fraudulent receipt of N400million meant for procurement of arms from the NSA office on November 22, 2014.

As well as, "An order to suspend execution or further execution of the subpoena ad testificandum issued by this honourable court, for the goal of compelling Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuku, Rtd, to give evidence in this case, pending his release from the custody of the DSS".

When Ikpeazu announced Dasuki as the first defendant's next witness, Justice Abang asked if the defence has another witness, apart from the former NSA and Ikpeazu, in his response said the next defence witness is former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Metuh's lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), told Justice Abang that he had written formally to Jonathan notifying him of his intention to have him testify in court but that the former President did not reply to his letter.

The ex-NSA further contended that the subpoena was served on the Director General of the DSS instead of on him personally.

Tahir, Ikpeazu and Onwugbufor argued that granting the application by the court would amount to a violation of Section 287 (2) of the Constitution, which they said prohibited a lower court from reviewing or varying the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which on September 29, ordered Justice Abang to sign the subpoena.

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"That argument is contrary to section 198 (1) of the Evidence Act".

The court will also hear arguments for or against the application of the former NSA seeking an order of the court setting aside the subpoena of the court.

However, the judge adjourned ruling on the motion filed by Ahmed Raji (SAN), counsel to Dasuki, challenging the propriety of the subpoena compelling his client to testify in Metuh's trial.

Justice Abang has reserved ruling on Dasuki's motion till today.

Mr. Ikpeazu said the submission of Mr. Raji that his client was indicted in Mr. Metuh's charge is an issue to be determined by the court.

He added that, "My client was only the NSA between 2012 and 2015, and yet he is still being detained after 2 years".

Justice Abang said he issued the summons for the former NSA who is in custody of the Department of State Services to come to court to testify for Metuh.

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