Goodluck Jonathan demands N1 billion from Olisa Metuh to appear in court

Nigeria Ex President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Abuja Federal High Court to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court.

Following several applications by Olisa Metuh, Justice Abang Okon had ordered Jonathan to apply in court as a witness to testify in defence of the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The former President, in alternative, sought an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for and on his behalf the sum of N1bn to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town in Bayelsa State, to Abuja. Jonathan said the money was also to cover the time that he might spend appearing before the court.

According to him, his request was in line with the provisions of Section 241(2 ) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Among the grounds of the motion filed on Monday by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, on behalf of Jonathan was that the evidence sought to be obtained from Jonathan would amount to an invasion of his privacy, and family life as provided for in Section 37 of the Constitution.

The ex-President further contended that the evidence sought to be obtained from him was likely to expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture. He 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.
According to Jonathan, 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.

The former President said he knew nothing about the charges preferred against Metuh. An affidavit filed in support of the motion read in part, “That he (Jonathan ) as the then President of the Federal Republic (2010 – 2015 ), appointed ministers and different persons to carry out the day-to-day running of the government activities and such appointees are those who directly related with the President and not third parties, such as the 2nd respondent.

“That it is such appointees that can explain daily government’s transactions which they directly supervised and not the President who was the overall boss.
“That the 2 nd respondent, Olisa Metuh, was never at any time a personal aide or appointee of the applicant.

“That he (Jonathan ) knows nothing about the seven charges for which the 1 st defendant/ 2 nd respondent is standing trial before this court and has absolutely nothing to testify about before this court. “ The he, as a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the event that this honourable court refuses
prayer one on the motion paper, shall require the sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (one billion naira) only, to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel, from his home town Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja, and also for logistics, and provision of tight security to cover any period of time that he might spend appearing before this court as President of Nigeria between 2010
and 2015.

“That Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, the lead counsel in this matter, informed me under the same circumstances stated in paragraph 4 above, and I verily believe him, that by virtue of the provisions of section 241(2 ) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, the applicant is not bound to attend to court except the 2 nd respondent herein (Olisa Metuh), who applied for the issuance of subpoena ad testificandum on him, pays for his travelling expenses.”

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