I’ll never conspire against Jonathan – Metuh

Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former publicity secretary has denied conniving with anyone to bring down the reputation of his erstwhile boss, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Metuh, who said this via a statement on Thursday, personally signed by him said the ex-president was needed to corroborate evidence in his (Metuh) favour.

Mr. Metuh is currently facing a seven-count charge of alleged diversion of N400 million sent to his firm from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

He had requested Messrs. Jonathan and Dasuki to appear in court to serve as witnesses in the case which involved the transfer of funds from the former NSA to an account belonging to his company, Dextra Investment, reportedly on the directive of Mr. Jonathan.

His lawyer had contended that since the directive was given by the former president, he ought to be asked to appear in court.

The court had subsequently issued a subpoena directing the ex-president to appear before it.

In a release by the Save Ijaw Nation Group, Mr. Metuh had been accused of conniving with the federal government to bring down Mr. Jonathan and get himself off the hook.

In his statement, apparently reacting to the accusation, Mr. Metuh said the allegation was false.

Mr. Metuh explained that he was only inviting his former boss to appear in court for, “corroborative evidence in my case.”

He said while he respected the former president and appreciated his contribution to national growth, it was pertinent that he appears to defend him against the charges.

Part of the statement read: “First of all, I state unequivocally that I am completely innocent of the charge against me and therefore have no reason to negotiate with anybody to let me off a non-existent hook.”

“It is therefore inconceivable and completely ridiculous for anybody to think that I would for any reason betray or surrender myself to be used against President Goodluck Jonathan, for whom I have immense respect and served diligently, without any apologies, in and out of office.

“To what end will I conspire with the same set of people who singled me out to be humiliated and openly handcuffed while spreading all manner of malicious stories against me, most of which they even denied outright in court while others remain completely unsubstantiated?

“Ordinarily, the content of the charge against me in the Federal High Court should not breed any worries but for the fact that it now appears that the anti-corruption fight has shifted the burden of proof to a defendant once an allegation is made.”

He flayed the Ijaw group for making unsubstantiated allegations based on media reports.

“On the issue of conniving with the government against former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Save Ijaw Nation Group may be alarmed by successive media reports that he was ordered to be served on Tuesday with an instruction to appear the following day and subsequently given a five-day time limit; setting off a media frenzy as if the former president is needed for reasons more than a mere request by my lawyers for a corroborative evidence in my case.

“I totally concede that this is not deserving of the status, person and image of the former President especially with his contribution and sacrifices to national development and sustenance of democracy in our dear country. Without prejudice to all the foregoing, I accept that it was the need for corroboration on my part that led my lawyers to request for the evidence of the respected former President to assist them in proving my innocence.

“However, with all the controversies arising from the reports of the said pronouncements and the attendant concerns thereof, I have instructed my legal team to revisit and review the entire issue of the subpoena.”


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  • MilitaryPolice01

    Mr Metuh, your statement registers well with those with sound mind. While you are asking him to come and corroborate Which is very sensible, Okon Abang and his Apc lackeys are manipulating it to embarrass him. Its for Jonathan to use his head and smell the coffee

    • duwdu

      Actually, it was Justice Abang who was being indirectly protective of Dasuki and Jonathan from Metuh’s onslaught, by initially flatly refusing Metuh’s application that Dasuki and Jonathan must be summoned to appear as his (Metuh) witnesses.

      Metuh refused to yield, however, and he appealed the matter to the appeal court, which then ruled in Metuh’s favour, and directed the trial Judge Abang to call Dasuki and Jonathan as witnesses for Metuh. Justice Abang thereafter had no choice but to sign the subpoena that’s now compelling Dasuki and Jonathan to appear as witnesses as prayed by Metuh!

      So you see, MilitaryPolice01, you’re wrong… Metuh is the sole architect and driver of both Dasuki and Jonathan being made to appear in the witness box in the case against Metuh.


      • MilitaryPolice01

        No Mr Duwdu, you are wrong and your appreciation of the judicial politics going on is quite naive.
        Okon Abang has proven himself an Apc Judge time and time again. He is doing Jonathan and Dasuki no favours. He is only trying to prevent them as witnesses because he knows they are credible witnesses who gave Metuh the funds in question hence will corroborate Metuhs account and in effect throwing a spanner in the works of the prosecution. Metuh is a lawyer and knows what he is doing, Abang his former classmate who hates him also understands the legal implications of what Metuh is doing and were it is leading to, unfortunately Abang can no longer delay them as witnesses since a superior court finds it within the law.

        • duwdu

          I respect your conspiracy theories, MilitaryPolice01. However, I also remember that Metuh himself tried on more than one occasions to blackmail Abang in the course of this trial.

          In one of those instances, Metuh claimed in a letter to the chief judge, that he and Abang met inappropriately in a hotel in Calabar, or so during this trial, and that Abang should therefore be made to hands-off the case. Abang provided solid alibi, and proved he was nowhere near Calabar around that time; he was cleared and directed to continue with the case.

          In any case, Metuh appears to be having a rethink already of his strategy of insisting on Jonathan as a witness. What would you think of that?

          We shall see how this trial pans out. For me, I’ve learned to take most of the claims and submissions by a politician with a pinch of salt.

          ‘Nuf said.


  • Dele Awogbeoba

    If you are forcing the former president to testify via subpoena against his wish then you are not simply “inviting” the former president to corroborate your evidence and you are throwing the former president under the bus in order to save your own neck.

    • Julius

      Well said and he call himself a lawyer !. You have to laugh at these folks.

  • emmanuel

    Stup*d man.
    Metuh is a very low tyed human who has no class and grace.
    He cannot rubbish Jonathan and Jonathan must not go to that court. We have antecedents in nigeria and he will not be the first. Buhari has refused to appear before any Judge since he left office in 1985.
    I blame the PDP that had the Id*ot, who never gave them any image and could not engage APC propaganda machine with the resources at his disposal, as their publicity secretary.
    The PDP ought to have known long before 2015 that Metuh was like a used Toilet tissue paper. He was not an aide to the then President, so he ought to get his witness from the PDP.
    Imagine Buhari working with Maina a know criminal, but Metuh and Abang want to rubbish South Nigeria.
    Sanusi after all his theft in the CBN was never invited to any court, Lamorde is also not in court.

  • PeaceMaker

    My dear brother, Metuh, you are a lawyer and should know better about what you are doing. I am not against you calling Jonathan as president o. You can. It is your right. But please don’t pool will over our eyes; don’t deceive yourself that you are merely putting Jonathan in the witness box just to corroborate your evidence. You can put a witness inside the box but you may not be able to control how his testimony. A man like Joanthan will be feast for the government prosecution team. They will shred him into tatters. You can’t control the questions that he will be asked. Your lawyers will shout “Objection, My Lord” until they go hoarse. You know What, every question he fails to answer will be a further blow to his already dented public image!!!

  • marcos avelino

    Mr Jonathan a former president is too big to go to court. This is Nigeria not UK or USA or Israel where nobody is above the law. In Nigeria big rich men are not mere mortals, they are worshiped by their negro subjects. Thus they cannot be subjected to the same treatment with their subjects.