By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, today, Thursday, February 23, rejected the application of former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh seeking the court to compel former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki to testify in his case.
Justice Okon Abang who presided over the case, held that Metuh’s application lacks merit and since the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) does not make it mandatory for the court to grant such application, as such “it is accordingly dismissed.”
Speaking further, Justice Abang held that there is no evidence before the court to show that Metuh applied to the authority (the Department of State Services) keeping Dasuki and was rejected.
In his ruling, Justice Abang held that: “The first defendant cannot come to the court first when he has not approached the DSS.”
“The application was not made in good faith because the name of Dasuki was not included in the list of witnesses earlier filed by the defense, the application is an afterthought.”
“It will not serve any useful meaning to subpoena Dasuki because the 1st defendant (Metuh) has exhausted his five adjournments provided for him by the ACJA since April… he will need an adjournment to be able to call a witness as of right”, the judge ruled.
In a similar vein, the court also dismissed a second application by Metuh seeking for the leave of the court to release his international passport to enable him travel to the United Kingdom for medical purposes.
Metuh had filed an application requesting to go to the United Kingdom for eight weeks of medical treatment.
Reacting to the judgment of the court, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), counsel to Metuh in his submission, stressed that “the court has not only shown bias but clear bias against the interest of the first defendant.”
“We are not confident that the court will give us justice in this matter.”, he said
Meanwhile, Metuh is facing trial for alleged diversion of N400 million he allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).