8 Rivers re-run: De­layed fil­ing of DSS re­ply stalls Wike’s suit

Weekly Trust - - News - John Chuks Azu

The al­leged de­lay by the De­part­ment of State Ser­vices (DSS), to file a re­ply to the suit by Gov­er­nor Nye­som Wike of Rivers State to stop on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged vi­o­lence in the De­cem­ber 10, 2016 leg­isla­tive re-run elec­tion in the state has stalled hear­ing.

Jus­tice Gabriel Ko­la­wole of an Abuja Fed­eral High Court yes­ter­day ad­journed the suit to March 3 for fur­ther re­ply in the re­sponse brought by the DSS, which Wike’s lawyers com­plained of be­ing filed late.

The judge had ear­lier or­dered the ap­pli­cant to serve the sum­mons on the DSS, the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Ibrahim Idris and a Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Damian Okoro to show cause why the ex-parte or­der would not be made.

Wike’s coun­sel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had brought the ap­pli­ca­tion ask­ing the court to make an or­der of in­terim in­junc­tion re­strain­ing the IGP, State Se­cu­rity Ser­vices (SSS) and a Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Damian Okoro from en­forc­ing or ex­e­cut­ing the mat­ters con­tained in the let­ter writ­ten to Wike by the Po­lice boss on De­cem­ber 20, 2016.

The IGP had in a let­ter ti­tled: “In­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of crimes com­mit­ted dur­ing the last re­run elec­tions in Rivers state”, sought the co­op­er­a­tion of the gov­er­nor to an in­ves­tiga­tive panel over al­leged acts of crim­i­nal­ity which oc­curred dur­ing the Na­tional and State As­sem­blies elec­tion in the state.

But in an af­fi­davit de­posed to by Har­ri­son Obi of Ozekhome’s law cham­bers, Wike iden­ti­fied the Po­lice and the Army as hav­ing or­ches­trated the vi­o­lence that af­fected the re-run elec­tion in the state.

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