Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Jabi has ordered that a substituted service be served on a former lawmaker Senator Ikechukwu Obiora over a N2billion suit filed against him by the Chairman of Folio Communications Limited (Publishers of Daily Times of Nigeria) Mr. Fidelis Anosike and the Group Managing Director of the company, Barr. Noel Anosike.
Justice Halilu gave the order after hearing the application contained in SUIT NO: CV/1030/18 and Motion No: M/4102/18 instituted by the Anosike brothers against Ikechukwu Obiorah following their illegal detention.
Also joined in the suit are the Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Division (FCIID) Hyacinth M. Dagala.
The motion exparte which was dated and filed on March 20, 2018 together with the affidavit in support was duly deposed by Joy Zachary, a Litigation Secretary at the Law Partners, the Law Firm where V.O.Odjenu of Counsel to the Applicants in this suit praying seeking the prayers.
The judge after taking submissions from counsel to the Applicants, Egbet Nathaniel held, “Leave is hereby granted to the Applicants to serve the Originating Motion and all other court processes in this suit on the 1st Respondent via substituted means; by pasting same on his last known address; No.3 William Tolbert Close, Asokoro, Abuja”.
The substantive matter WA subsequently adjourned to April 26,2018 for hearing.It would be recalled that the Nigeria Police had at the instance of Sen. Ikechukwu Obiorah in January this year invaded the Abuja office of Folio Communications Limited where they arrested and detained top management Officers of the company and went away with files and vital documents. The Anosikes where subsequently detained for many days at the Kuje Prison before an Abuja High Court ruled for their bail.
The Anosike brothers thereafter filed a N2billion fundamental human rigors enforcement suit, following their illegal detention by the police at the instance of Sen Obiora.