By Chris Steven, Abuja
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the court to compel Olisa Metuh, former Publicity Secretary to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to pay N1billion to cover his travel expenses to appear as a defence witness in Metuh’s trial.
At the resumed trial of Metuh on Tuesday, Mike Ozekhome, Jonathan’s counsel, asked the court to either set aside the subpoena for his appearance or compel to pay the amount.
Ozekhome told the court that the demand for the payment is in line with the provisions of Section 241 subsection 2 of the Administration of Criminal Justice and is meant to cover travel expenses for himself and his security personnel from his hometown in Otuoke, Bayelsa State to Abuja.
The amount is will also cover logistics and provision of tight security to cover whatever time the former President will spend appearing before the court.
Ozekhome told the court that the application is supported by eight grounds and that the court ought to hear the application.