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Absence of judge stalls Ateke’s N1bn defamation suit against APC chiefs

By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT – The N1 billion defamation suit filed by the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, King Ateke Tom, against eight chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Tuesday, suffered another setback following the absence of the presiding judge in court.

Ateke Tom

Ateke had slammed defamation suit against the Chairman of APC in the state, Chief Davies Ikanya, Hon. Asita O. Asita, Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC in the 2015 election, Dumo Lulu Briggs, Sampson Ngerigbar and others for describing him as a criminal and cultist during their Pro-SARS rally.

The defendants in suit PHC/345/2018 at the State High Court were alleged to be evading service, but the presiding judge, Justice Constance Green, had ordered the counsel for Ateke, Mr. Granville Abibo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and court bailiffs for a substituted service on the APC chieftains.

However, when the court resumed yesterday, the adjourned date, for pre-trial conference, the clerk of the court informed the house that sitting has been adjourned till 20th of June based on absence of the judge.

Meanwhile, Nollywood actors have called on the Judiciary to ensure justice in the matter, warning that attacks on the stool of Okochiri stop forthwith.

Speaking, Gentle Jack, who lead other actors and actresses to the court premises in solidarity with King Ateke, stressed the need for politicians to have respect for traditional institutions and stop denigrating sacred institutions.


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