A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to order the arrest of the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS) after Sambo Dasuki failed to appear in court.
Metuh’s counsel made the request on Tuesday at the resumption of his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N400m fraudulently from the office of Dasuki and on charges involving cash transaction involving $2m.
Prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, had informed the court that even though the EFCC wrote to the DSS asking it to produce the former National Security Adviser in court, the DSS failed to do so.
Tahir said the legal adviser to the DSS told him that Dasuki refused to come to court on the grounds that his legal team advised him not to do so.
However, Metuh’s counsel dismissed the explanation by asking the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the DSS DG because the explanation by Tahir showed that the DSS lacked respect for the court.
According to him, it is absurd that a detainee appears more powerful than the court.
Counsel to Dasuki, however, told the court that lacked the jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed by his client.
The former NSA had approached the court seeking a stay of the subpoena it issued for his appearance as a defence witness pending the determination of his application before the appeal court.
Ruling on the request by Metuh, trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang declined the request by the defence to order the arrest of the DG of the DSS.