Metuh’s Trial: Court Adjourns Case Till December 5
A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Olisa Metuh, till December 5 and 6, 2017.
Counsel to Mr Metuh, Mr Emeka Etiaba, during the trial alleged that the life of his client was being threatened as a result of the subpoena order of the court which had asked former president Goodluck Jonathan to testify in his case.
Etiaba, however, noted that they would not yield to the threats and insisted that the former President must testify in the case.
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He also pleaded the court to allow them make another attempt on December 11, 2017 at serving him with a subpoena.
On his part, the trial judge justice Okon Abang held that the court has the right to set aside the order of subpoena if the defendant has shown by its actions that it intends to frustrate the case. But in this instance, he is inclined to give the bailiff of the court, who is an agent of the Defendant another opportunity to serve the former president.
He, however, held that the prosecution is at liberty in line with section 250 of the ACJA to revisit his application calling for the close of the case if he feels that the defense is deliberately trying to frustrate the matter.
Subsequently, the case was adjourned to December 5 and 6 to enable the defendant call any other person other than the former president as witness in the case.
It was also adjourned to enable the bailiff of the court attempt to serve the former president again.