Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, is standing trial on charges involving, among others, the 400 million Naira he (Metuh) received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

The former President Goodluck Jonathan in his motion challenging the subpoena issued on him, stated that "with several attempts by some persons in the current dispensation, to harass, intimidate and rubbish" his reputation and that of his wife, the witness summon issued on him upon Metuh’s request was a ploy to drag his name in the mud.

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He also argued in the motion filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, on Monday, that his testimony being sought in Metuh’s trial, would not only amount to an invasion of his right to privacy, it would also expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture.

He recalled that there had been attempts to seize property and bank accounts of his wife, Patience, her relatives and her pet non-governmental organisation.

As an alternative prayer, the motion sought an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for Jonathan, the sum of N1bn to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, to Abuja.


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