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Court Strikes out Dasuki’s Application Against Subpoena in Metuh’s Trial

Sambo Dasuki
Sambo Dasuki

The Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out an application by the detained National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, seeking an order setting aside the subpoena directing him to appear in court to testify on behalf of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh.

Punch reports that trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, ruled that having been ordered by the Court of Appeal in Abuja on September 29, 2017, he lacked jurisdiction to hear and determine the motion on merit.

He held that determining the motion on merit would amount to an attempt  to review the judgment of a higher court, the Court of Appeal.

He held that all issues raised by Dasuki, through his lawyer,Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), had become academic since the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the complaints.

According to the judge, it would amount to “judicial anarchy” to hear Dasuki’s application on merit.

“If the applicant(Dasuki) is dissatisfied, he should know what to do and where to go, but certainly not this court,” the judge ruled.

But Dasuki, despite the subpoena issued on him upon Metuh’s application  directing the Department of State Service to produce the detainee, is absent from court on Wednesday.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan also ordered by the court to appear in court upon an application by Metuh was also absent.
But a court registrar confirmed to the judge on Wednesday that Jonathan had yet to be served with the subpoena by the court bailiff as of Tuesday.

But the Department of State Service in whose custody Dasuki is detained has yet to produce the ex-NSA in court.

 

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