(Last Updated On: November 2, 2017)


By Moshood Sakariyau
Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki, yesterday refused to testify at the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh
Colonel Dasuki, was to serve as the eighth defence witness in charges of corruption levelled against Chief Metuh by the Federal Government.

The embattled former PDP Spokesman had earlier told the court that the N400million, for which he is being prosecuted, was given to him through the office of the NSA on the instruction of former President Goodluck Jonathan, towards media campaign in the 2015 presidential election for PDP
Colonel Dasuki had earlier told the court that it would be difficult for him to answer any question, considering that he had been in detention since 2015, and has not being able to consult his records with regard to any transactions with the defendant.

When asked if he recalled the functions of his previous office, he said he knows the functions of the office of NSA describing it as a principal staff officer in the office of the president.
On the reason he was brought to court, Col. Dasuki said he was in court to answer to a subpoena issued by this court, even as he was yet to benefit from other court rulings.”

And when defence counsel, Mr Etiaba (SAN) asked if he could tell the court about the transaction he had with Chief Metuh, which formed the basis for the charge against the defendant, Col. Dasuki replied in the negative.

Colonel Dasuki was subsequently asked the length of time he considered appropriate to return to the court and give evidence. At this point, he told the court that he had been in detention, and that he could only give evidence when he is granted bail based on four different bail orders and the ECOWAS court.