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Jonathan, Dasuki Shun Court Order

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Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria and Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, have shunned a subpoena to appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.

The duo had been asked to appear in court to testify in favour of Olisa Metuh, former PDP National Publicity Secretary.

But a court registrar confirmed to the judge on Wednesday that Jonathan had yet to be served the subpoena by the court bailiff as of Tuesday.

Also, Dasuki was not seen anywhere in court despite the subpoena issued on him.

However, the trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang, struck out an application by the former NSA seeking an order to set aside the subpoena.

Abang, ruled that the court lacked ‘jurisdiction to hear and determine the motion on merit’.

He held that only a higher court can determine the motion on merit by reviewing the judgment.

Abang stated that all issues raised by Dasuki, through his lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), had become academic since the court could not hear his 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.

The two men were summoned by the court upon an application by Metuh requesting that they be ordered to testify in his defence with respect to the sum of N400m which he was said to have received fraudulently from the Office of the NSA in 2014.

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