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I don’t have N1bn to give Jonathan – Olisa Metuh tells court

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Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has declared that he does not have N1bn to pay ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan.

He prayed the Federal High Court in Abuja not to set aside the subpoena it issued to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear as a witness in his ongoing trial.

Metuh further kicked against Jonathan’s insistence that the defendant must deposit with the court, for and on behalf of himself, the sum of N1billion in line with provisions of Section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, before he would mount the witness box.

In a five-paragraphed counter- affidavit that was moved by his lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, Metuh said he does not have N1bn to give Jonathan.

Etiaba drew attention of the court to the fact that the bailiff earlier deposed an affidavit that he had yet to serve the subpoena on Jonathan.

“This application is therefore not only soeculative but premature and deserves to be struck out.

“With respect to demand for deposition of N1bn, the 1st defendant in his affidavit averred that he does not have such amount.

“We believe that such demand is punitive and meant to frustate the 1st defendant’s attempt at obtaining an evidence that will assist him in the defence of the charge against him before this court.

“It is the view of the 1st defendant that from the first day that he was arrested, he made it clear that the release of the money was authorised by the former President and was released by the former NSA, Dasuki.

“My lord this application simply seeks to set aside the subpoena and to save this nation the embarrasment of having a man who means a lot to the entire country as a former President, to step into the dock to give evidence.

“My lord it is unprecedected, and the embarrassment could have been aborted if the charge against the 1st defendant was not preferred after he had disclosed to the EFCC the source of the fund for which the defendants are standing trial.

“My lord in the circumstance, it is our position that this application be struck out”, Etiaba added.

Source – Dailypost

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#EndSARS: Reno Omokri Slams Buhari Over National Broadcast

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#EndSARS: Reno Omokri Slams Buhari Over National Broadcast

Reno Omokri, Muhammadu Buhari

Popular public affairs analyst, Reno Omokri has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide address to Nigerians on the #EndSARS protest in the country.

The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan lambasted the President on Thursday in a series of tweets.

Also Read: Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

Buhari who addressed the nation more than two weeks after the protest began failed to impress many Nigerians with his address.

Reacting to the speech, Reno, who is a staunch critic of the APC-led government, expressed that the president slapped Nigerians in the face and added salt to injury.

See his tweets below:

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‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari

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‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide address to #EndSARS protesters and Nigerians.

Recall that on Thursday night, President Buhari after several persuasions addressed the nation over the nationwide protests.

Also Read: Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

The speech has led to a serious backlash for the President, who failed to mention the shooting of peaceful protesters by armed security officers.

Reacting to the speech, the former Minister described “Buhari’s speech was an insult to our people, a disgrace to humanity and a stench in the nostrils of God.

See his tweet below:

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Releases Names Of Police Officers Under Prosecution In Lagos

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Releases Names Of Police Officers Under Prosecution In Lagos
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Releases Names Of Police Officers Under Prosecution In Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to restore calm in the state, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has released the names of police officers being prosecuted for various human rights violations across the State.

He made this move known via his Twitter handle on Friday morning.

Also Read: Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

Sanwo-Olu said the prosecution was part of the efforts of his administration to end police brutality in the State.

This is coming following days of violence in several parts of the state following the shooting of protesters by security operatives.

See his lengthy post:

 

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