PORT HARCOURT—RIVERS State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, yesterday, ordered substituted service on the Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, and seven other chieftains of the party in the N1 billion defamation suit instituted by the Amanyanabo of Okochiri clan in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Majesty, Ateke Tom.
Ateke Tom had filed the suit against eight chieftains of APC in the state over alleged defamation. The suit had suffered set back over alleged evasion of service by the respondents.
The defendants in the suit are Asita O. Asita, deputy governorship candidate of APC in the 2015 election; Dr. Davies Ikanya, Chairman of APC in the state; Dumo Lulu Briggs, Sampson Ngerigbara.
Others are Prince Tonye Princewill, Sekonte Davies, Emeka Beke, Secretary of APC in the state and Lawrence Chuku.
The counsel for Ateke, Mr. Granville Abibo (SAN), had informed the court that the respondents are evading service, praying the court to grant the bailiffs an order to use substituted means of service.
The trial Judge, Justice Constance Green, ordered the applicant and the bailiffs to use substituted means to serve all the parties and adjourned till today for pre-trial conference.