Jonathan Refuses To Appear Before Justice Abang

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media on the situation in Chibok and the success of the World Economic Forum in Abuja May 9, 2014. Jonathan said on Friday he believes 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents last month are still in his country and have not been moved to Cameroon. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW BUSINESS)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to appear as a witness in a money laundering case between the federal government and Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Okon Abang, the presiding judge of the federal high court in Abuja, had on Tuesday insisted that Jonathan must appear before the court as a witness in the case after Metuh had made the request.

He said the ex-President was mandated by the decision of the appellate court to appear before him to testify in the criminal suit.

When the court resumed its sitting on Wednesday morning, Jonathan was absent.

Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA), who was also billed to appear before the court as a defense witness, was also not seen in court at the time of filing this report.

On October 3, the court of appeal, Abuja, granted an application filed by Metuh to compel the ex-President to testify in the N400 million fraud charge brought against the applicant.

The N400 million was alleged to have been disbursed from the office of the former NSA.