Court adjourns to November 29
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Justice Adama Iyayi – Lamikanra of Rivers State High Court 1 has granted the plea by the defendant’s lawyer for an opportunity to defend his client in spite of their absence throughout the court proceeding on the matter which was to enter into hearing yesterday.
In a suit No. PHC/801/2016 which is before Justice Lamikanra who is also the Chief Judge of Rivers State, the former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Odili is seeking for N6 billion damages against Dakuku Peterside, the governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015 general election for defamation.
It was alleged that the defendant after Wike’s Supreme Court victory, alleging that Wike, during his victory thanksgiving service stated that Odili helped him to secure the Supreme Court victory.
But Odili said what Dakuku said was false and malicious, as Wike never made such inference but that Dakuku twisted and misrepresented what Wike said.
On October 11, 2016 during one of the proceedings on the matter, Justice Lamikanra was worried that both the defendant and his lawyers were not appearing in court and decided to adjourn for hearing on October 27, 2016.
But at the court yesterday both the lawyers to the complainant and that of defendant were in court, Dr. Odili was also in court, though Peterside was absent.
The lead counsel to the defendant Mr. Rowland Otaru, (SAN) who apologized for their absence in the previous court proceeding pleaded with the Judge for an opportunity to fully enter into the matter to defend his client, adding that as a N6billion suit, the court should oblige them the chance for defense.
Otaru said: “The defendant has putting appearance and want an the opportunity to defend their action in the exercise of court description. He has been allowed to do so. We are coming back 29th of November for the continuation of the case for cross examination.
The lead counsel to the complainant, Kanu Agabi (SAN), who was disappointed last time that the defendant has abandoned the case said he is happy that they have started coming to court.
Agabi said: well, it went as it ought to be. Court has obliged them to come back for defense that is okay, I am happy that the defendant is coming forward to justify himself, if he has any justification.”
Justice Lamikanra, having granted the plea of the defendant to defense his client on the matter, adjourned the case to November 29, 2016.