A former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, and his National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, were on Tuesday ordered to appear before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
But as of the commencement of Wednesday hearing in the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, reports reaching us indicated that the ex-president and the detained ex-NSA were not in court during hearing.
It was gathered that Jonathan’s absence from court may not be unconnected to the inability of the court bailiff to serve him with the court’s subpoena on Tuesday.
This is just as the Department of State Service (DSS) in whose custody Dasuki is detained has yet to produce the ex-NSA in court.
The trial judge, Justice Abang had announced in court on Tuesday that he had, on Monday, issued a subpoena to be served on Jonathan.
This is after Metuh had on Monday sought that the court summon the former President as a witness to testify in the case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N400 million fraud.
Justice Abang subsequently said: “Indeed, at the close of business, yesterday (Monday) being October 23, 2017, precisely at about 3.59 pm, the registrar forwarded to the court in chamber a subpoena to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear in court to testify at the instance of the first defendant (Metuh).”