Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Monday urged the Department of State Services, DSS, to allow ex-National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to appear as his defense witness in his ongoing trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is currently prosecuting Metuh for allegedly benefiting the sum of N400m from $1.2bn misappropriated by Dasuki while in office.
In a letter through his lawyers, the former PDP spokesperson asked the DSS that Dasuki appear before the Abuja Federal High Court on Tuesday as his witness.
The letter with Ref. No. EESE & C/01/19/06/17, dated June 19, 2017, followed refusal of the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang to stay further proceeding in the matter.
Rather than grant the application, Justice Abang asked Metuh to forward his request to the DSS which has Dasuki in its custody.
The letter entitled, “Re: Further Notice to Produce Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) Before the Federal High Court Coram; Hon Justice Okon Abang on June 20, 2017’, was signed by Metuh’s lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, and forwarded to the Director General of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura.
It reads: “May we by this letter inform you Sir, that the trial between the Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs Chief Olisa Metuh & Anor in Charge No. FHC/Abj/CR/2016, continues tomorrow 20/6/2017 at 9am prompt.
“Pursuant to the earlier letter written with respect to the production of the former NSA, Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) in court to testify on behalf of Chief Olisa Metuh, we inform you that his presence shall be needed tomorrow before the Federal High Court. We thank you for your cooperation”.
Metuh equally copied the letter to the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court.