Our lives under threat for daring to subpoena Jonathan — Metuh’s lawyer

OILSA METUH AT FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN ABUJA
OILSA METUH AT FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN ABUJA

A counsel representing a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, has alleged threats to his life for demanding the appearance of former President Goodluck Jonathan in court as defence witness.

Mr. Metuh is facing trial at an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

His lawyers led by a senior Advocate of Nigeria, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, had asked the court to compel two major witnesses, Mr. Dasuki and former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear as witnesses for the defence.

Following that request, Mr. Dasuki appeared in court in November but testified that he did not have details of the connection of Mr. Metuh with the fund he was accused of diverting.

Mr. Dasuki said he needed to consult his documents to give the details.

The court had in the last sitting ordered its bailiff to serve a subpoena on Mr. Jonathan at his Abuja residence in Abuja.

The court also noted that inability to serve Mr. Jonathan directly would cede responsibility to the defence to apply for service of the court order by substituted means.

On Monday, the court bailiff read an affidavit wherein he confirmed making another attempt to serve Mr. Jonathan but was told by his (Jonathan’s) security official that Mr. Jonathan would be available to receive the subpoena on December 11.

After hearing from the court bailiff, a counsel to Mr. Metuh, Emeka Etiaba, drew the attention of the court.

“I want to bring two facts before this court. The first is that when we wanted to serve Dasuki with our subpoena, the attempt by the bailiff was not that smooth. As at that time, there were insinuations that we did not indeed want Dasuki to come and testify in this court.

“But eventually he was served and has since come and testified and we are very satisfied with his evidence.

“The second is that before this court is yet another issue, relating to the execution of another subpoena on no less a person than the former president of this country.

“This subpoena is one that has generated quite a lot of controversy and threats not just to our clients but to myself. The threat goes to the lives of the first defendants, myself and Dr. Onyeachi Ikpeazu,” Mr. Etiaba said.

“This will not make us change our mind as to whether His Excellency will come and testify or not,” he added, asking for extended time to allow the bailiff issue the subpoena on Mr. Jonathan on December, 11.

“But we shall only plead with the honorable court to allow the bailiff make another attempt to serve the notice on December 11.

“We make this application on the believe of the fact that we don’t want to turn this witness into an adversary, but we want him to come to court as a witness who was freely subscribed to as a witness and a witness who decided on his own to obey the order of court to come and testify.

“We ask that the bailiff be given an opportunity to serve the subpoena on His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Jonathan even as we can infer from the affidavit that he will allow him”.

Asked whether the defence had another witness to call or if the first defendant (Mr. Metuh) would not testify in his own defence, Mr. Etiaba said the defence planned to listen first to Mr. Jonathan before determining to either allow Mr. Metuh testify or not.

He further stated that since the defence had already planned out its procedure for presentation of witnesses, any attempt by the court to alter the plan would result in Mr. Etiaba’s withdrawal as Mr. Metuh’s counsel.

Responding, however, counsel to the Federal Government, Sylvanus Tahir, asked the court to compel Mr. Metuh to serve Mr. Jonathan through substituted means.

Mr. Tahir said although section 123 (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allowed for personal service of court orders, the law also provides for substituted means of service, where there is a challenge in ensuring personal service.

In an attempt to secure a clear reaction from the prosecution regarding the subpoena, the trial judge, Okon Abang, asked Mr. Tahir to react to the application for time by the defence counsel.

Mr. Abang noted that he had informed the defence during the previous sitting that it was entitled to requesting to serve Mr. Jonathan through substituted means.

Mr. Tahir responded by asking the court to set aside the subpoena if the defence was unwilling to apply for substituted means of service to Mr. Jonathan.

Mr. Tahir also asked the court to direct the defence team to either present its next witness or invoke section 250 (2) (b) of the ACJA by determining the first defendant has closed his case.


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  • Pat

    Metuh is on his own, at least for now, after the whole thing, jail or no jail, there will be a reconciliation meeting where Metuh and Jonathan will hug and embrace each other. Politicians never learn or pretend not being hurt for their greediness.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Maybe Buhari is witch hunting this one again.

    • Julius

      lolz…don’t be surprised if you see them blaming Buhari…It’s their ready made excuses or everything.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Juli wey no dey tire. Carry go ma respect. God go bless us all.

        • Julius

          I dey kampe, no shaking…much respect sir ! God bless us all indeed.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Aamin bro

  • manager

    That is not our business because it’s all Jonathan supporters lssue metuh and Jonathan are one so it’s a family lssue

  • Bassey Frank

    This is absolute rubbish!

    • Julius

      lol, how ? Isn’t it a family affair ?

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    There is no any threat on court order.
    Did Jonathan above the law?

  • tundemash

    So why is the ineffective buffon reluctant to be a witness to a man who served him ? And he goes about blabbing how his govt was good. The man would be clueless till end of days !

    • emmanuel

      Imagine this licentious id*ot who has no conscience but only use Tundemess when issues relate to Jonathan. These animals brought the failed human called Buhari to destroy Nigeria and you are here talking trash.
      You are only a worthless human in the category of a cow

    • emmanuel

      There has never been a government as good as Jonathan’s. Your debauched tribesmen can never produce anyone close to Jonathan. Though he had a heart too clean for political leadership, so id*ots like you thrived in infamy while he yielded to your demonic tribesmen who betrayed him, including the very Dasuki.

      • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

        too simplistic ….. i sincerely believe you have limited education and not literate enough to engage in serious analytical intellectual discourse ………………… could you please,keep quiet if you do not know what to say and more especially when to say it …………….

        ebele’s “insider” is on trial …………….. his lawyer feels that his former principal and benefactor could give evidence that could set the man free ………..instead of his one-time benefactor attending to the court summons and rescuing his ex-lapdog,he sends threats thru’ surrogates …………. now if you are a beneficiary of his government of stealing is not corruption,keep quiet and enjoy your loot ………………. don’t rub it on decent folks with your “There has never been a government as good as Jonathan’s.” ……………….. in simple english,the man is a glorified cro0k that is celebrated by other cr0oks …………….

        • emmanuel

          What is the meaning of Wazobia decomposition in the first place?
          Take time to go through your reply, it sign posts a mediocre position on simple issue i raised. I do not understand your several dashes, which conclusively portray your poor education.
          Anyway, in my state of your assumed limited education, i still sound more intelligent and coordinated than you.
          I have stated my position which you know is true, let us have your fact if you dispute mine. That is how to put up very sound intellectual position.

          • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

            face the subject matter and drop the stupidity ……. glorifying a crook is not a “simple issue” ………. it makes you a crook ………………….

  • Ambrose Echemazu

    Shakespeare wrote that the evils that men do live after them. These days, the evils are living with them. Those who manipulated the last governorship election in Abia and thwarted the course of justice will definitely face the repercussions.

  • Screw-em

    Here is “Eze”of onitsha village, Abuja, who gloated and wore every stylish red cap one can imagine and bragged about the Biafraud Army might when this case came to trial. Now begging the zoo keeper for protection?chineke, wonders shall never end. Metuh, abeg call your benefactor the hopeless kwanu and the treasonous Ekweremadu for umbrella support now…….lol