Paul Obiajuwo, Port Harcourt
A suit before a Federal High sitting in Port Harcourt trying to stop the commission of inquiry constituted by the Rivers State Government to look into the violence and killings that allegedly marred the rerun legislative election suffered set back on yesterday based on improperly service.
The International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISSJHR) had dragged Commission of Inquiry to court claiming that it was illegal.
When the court sat on yesterday, the trial Judge, Justice Per Watina asked the defendant to properly serve the respondents mentioned in the matter.
Watina advised the claimant’s council, Paul Nwankwoala, to properly serve all parties involved before the adjourned date, 13th of February, for hearing.
Early in his submission, the counsel for the Rivers State Government and the Attorney General of the state and the Commissioner for Justice, Emma Aguma, a Senoir Advocate of Nigeria, told the court that the claimant had not properly served the defendants.
Aguma notified the court about his observation that the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th respondents in the suit have not been properly served.
Aguma said that some of the addresses do not belong to the respondents, adding that they were wrongly addressed.
“I have not been personally served with the originating summons in the matter and the commission of Inquiry has not been sued. The matter is not properly constituted for hearing”, Aguma said.
The counsel for the ISSJHR, Mr. Paul Nwankwoala, had told the court that the respondents were evading service, but promised to serve the respondents before the adjourned date