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Metuh insists on Jonathan appearing in court before he testifies
The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, has insisted that former President Goodluck Jonathan must appear in court before he (Metuh) decides to testify.
Metuh made the assertion while appearing before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, noting that whether or not he would testify or call more witnesses in his ongoing trial would depend on what former President Goodluck Jonathan would disclose to the court in respect of the case.
Metuh’s Lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN), and the counsel representing his company — Destra Investments Limited — Mr. Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), had previously made the satetement before the court on Monday.
But the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang had on Monday, dismissed the submission as unknown to law.
The judge upheld the decision on Tuesday and ruled that Metuh would continue his defence on Wednesday, while the court bailiff would make another attempt to serve Jonathan on December 11.
Justice Abang said “Whether a party will call a witness or not cannot be predicated on the evidence of a witness yet to be called.”
However, Etiaba said he would appeal against the judge’s pronouncement.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had claimed in some of the seven counts leveled against Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, that he had dubiously obtained the sum of N400m from Office of the National Security Adviser without any justification and spent the funds on the party’s and personal affairs.
Metuh was also alleged of transacting with $2m cash said to be above the threshold of cash payments prescribed by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.