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Akingbola: Court overrules self

By Wahab Abdulah
Justice Morenike Obadina of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday set aside her earlier ruling, ordering that
some companies of the former Chief Executive Officer of Intercontinental Bank, Dr. Erastus Akingbola, could serve
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other respondents with originating process filed in the
suit, by publication in a national daily.

The applicants in the suit are Tropics Finance and Investment Company Limited, Tropics Properties Limited,
Tropics Securities Limited and Tropics Holding Limited owned by Akingbola and his wife, Anthonia.

They had sued EFCC, claiming N200 billion as damages over an alleged infringement on their rights.

According to the court, the earlier order for substitution service is, therefore, of no effect and as such, the
respondents would only be deemed to have been properly served if served in their personal regards.

Citing relevant superior court decisions, Justice Obadina vacated the order she earlier made on the issue of
substituted service.

EFCC had contended that no attempt was made to serve the respondents the originating processes in the suit and
its authority had not passed any instruction to any of its officers not to receive service of processes.


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