"I Don't Have N1Billion To Give Jonathan" – Olisa Metuh

Former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has stated that he does not have the N1 billion traveling expenses ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has requested him to pay before he can appear as a witness in his ongoing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Metuh, through his lawyer, Emeka Etiaba, said he has no N1bn to give Jonathan. Metuh thus asked that the summon on Jonathan be struck out...

His submission to the court reads:

“This application is therefore not only speculative but premature and deserves to be struck out. With respect to demand for deposition of N1bn, the 1st defendant in his affidavit averred that he does not have such amount. We believe that such demand is punitive and meant to frustrate the 1st defendant’s attempt at obtaining an evidence that will assist him in the defense of the charge against him before this court. 
It is the view of the 1st defendant that from the first day that he was arrested, he made it clear that the release of the money was authorized by the former President and was released by the former NSA, Dasuki. My lord this application simply seeks to set aside the subpoena and to save this nation the embarrassment of having a man who means a lot to the entire country as a former President, to step into the dock to give evidence. 
My lord it is unprecedented, and the embarrassment could have been aborted if the charge against the 1st defendant was not preferred after he had disclosed to the EFCC the source of the fund for which the defendants are standing trial. My lord in the circumstance, it is our position that this application be struck out.”