'Memory loss' hinders Dasuki from testifying in Metuh's trial

  • 'Memory loss' hinders Dasuki from testifying in Metuh's trial

'Memory loss' hinders Dasuki from testifying in Metuh's trial

The Department of state security services (DSS) has finally brought former National security adviser, Sambo Dasuki to court to testify in Olisa Metuh's ongoing trial.

The EFCC is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited for alleged fraud in receiving about N400 million from the office of the NSA while Dasuki held that office under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Justice Abang had also ordered the court bailiff to ensure the service of the subpoena on Jonathan within five days. While the court was informed of the inability of the bailiff to effect personal service of the subpoena on Jonathan, the DSS or its representative was not in court to explain Dasuki's absence.

Although, former President Jonathan was not present in court during yesterday's proceedings, his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome ( SAN) urged the court to wholly set aside the issuance or service of subpoena against the former President.

Dasuki had appeal to higher court after he and the former president was sobpoenaed to appear as witness in Metuh's trial.

Ozekhome said the said money will cover travelling expenses for client and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, to Abuja and also for time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 to 2015.

Contending that the subpoena was vague and was obtained on frivolous grounds, Salihu said the subpoena was obtained in bad faith as it was meant to embarrass the former President.

Justice Abang said the former NSA may not be compelled to testify in the trial of the former PDP spokesman until his motion, praying for adjournment is fully determined by the court.

The matter was adjourned to today for hearing of both Dasuki and Jonathan's motions.

"That he knows nothing pertaining to the seven counts for which Olisa Metuh, the first defendant in the charge is standing trial and consequently, has absolutely nothing to say as a witness before the court in respect thereof".