Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi has ordered that a substituted service should be served on a former lawmaker, Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah, over a N2billion suit filed against him by the Chairman of Folio Communications (FMG), publishers of The Daily Times), Mr. Fidelis Anosike and the Group Managing Director of FMG, Barrister Noel Anosike.
Justice Halilu gave the order after hearing the application in Suit No: CV/1030/18 and Motion No: M/4102/18 instituted by the Anosike brothers against Obiora, following their illegal detention.
The plaintiff also named the Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Division (FCIID), Hyacinth M. Dagala, as co-defendants to the suit.
The motion ex-parte, which was dated and filed on March 20, 2018 together with the affidavit in support was deposed to by Joy Zachary.
After taking submissions from the lawyer to Anosikes, Mr Egbet Nathaniel, Justice Halilu held that “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 judge later adjourned the substantive matter to April 26, 2018 for further hearing.
The Daily Times recalls that police officers had at the instance of Sen. Ikechukwu Obiorah in January this year invaded Lagos and Abuja offices of Folio Communications 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 granted them bail.
The Anosike brothers thereafter filed a N2billion fundamental human rights enforcement suit, following their illegal detention by the police at the instance of Sen. Obiora.