By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who is facing trial over allegations that he received N400 million prior to the 2015 general election, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to allow him to call the detained erstwhile National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), to testify on his behalf.
Metuh is facing a seven-count charge preferred against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and his firm, Destra Investment Limited.
EFCC alleged that he received N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, without executing any contract.
However, Metuh insisted that the money he got was on the order of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The former PDP spokesman, through witnesses he earlier produced before trial Justice Okon Abang, admitted that fund was allocated to his office for media campaigns.
At the resumed sitting on the matter, yesterday, Metuh’s lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, said his client had filed for subpoena to be issued on Dasuki to enable him appear before the court as a defence witness.
Etiaba said the application was in line with provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
Metuh told the court that Dasuki was a key element in the charge against him, saying his appearance was critical for the case of the defendants.
Responding to Etiaba’s request, Justice Abang said the defence team should liaise with the prosecution and reach out to the authority in whose custody Dasuki is to allow him appear in court.
“When you raise this matter earlier, I told you to liaise with the prosecution and reach out to the authority holding Col. Dasuki. I am sure they will oblige you. Talk to the prosecution,” the judge added.