Monday, October 18, 2021

“The Subpoena Was Meant To Embarrass Me”…Jonathan Demands N1 Billion To Appear In Metuh’s Case

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court as a witness to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. In the alternative, the ex-President sought an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for and on his behalf the sum of N1 billion to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja.

The money, according to the former President is also to cover the time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 and 2015. Jonathan contended that his request was in line with the provisions of Section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Following separate applications by Metuh, Justice Okon Abang had issued two separate subpoenas ordering Jonathan and the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to appear in court on Tuesday.

In addition, the ex-President contended that the evidence sought to be obtained from him was likely to expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture. He further argued that the subpoena was vague and obtained on frivolous ground. Jonathan added that the subpoena was obtained in bad faith as it was meant to embarrass him. He argued that Metuh was not his personal aide or an appointee and so could not have dealt with him (Jonathan) directly under any circumstance to warrant the invitation of the applicant to testify in the charge. He also submitted that there was no nexus between him and Metuh and the charge for which Metuh is standing trial.

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