The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday declined a request by a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, that it orders the arrest of the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Lawal Daura, for failing to produce Sambo Dasuk, in court.
Justice Okon Abang had on October 25 directed former National Security Adviser Dasuki and former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear in court on Tuesday in respect of the trial of Metuh.
The judge, however, issued another subpoena on the DG of DSS to produce Dasuki in court on Tuesday.
The court had earlier issued separate subpoenas on Dasuki and Jonathan upon Metuh’s application.
While Dauski was not produced in court on Tuesday, Jonathan’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome(SAN), appeared in court to challenge the subpoena issued to the former President.
Ozekhome noted that Jonathan had yet to be served but only read about the subpoena in the newspapers.
A court registrar confirmed, upon an enquiry by the judge on Tuesday, that the court bailiff had not been able to serve the former President, who was said to be outside the country.
Ozekhome, after he was granted permission to speak on the Dasuki issue, despite the objection of the prosecutors on record in the case, supported the call for Daura’s arrest, contending that the failure of the DSS to produce the ex-NSA in court on Tuesday amounted to taking the court for a ride.