The Edo State House of Assembly and the Speaker of the House, Mr. Francis Okiye, have obtained an order of substituted service of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rovers State capital, on members-elect to halt the unlawful takeover of the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex and the assembly’s legislative activities. The order was given following the suit filed by Okiye and the assembly; FHC/PH/ CS/100/2020, at the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,.
In the suit, the claimants sought to restrain the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the 14 members-elect from proceeding to unlawfully take control of the legislative activities of the Edo State House of Assembly. The Presiding Judge, Justice I. M. Sani, granted the substituted service of the originating summons and accompanying processes “with all other processes in this suit on the 4th and 18th defendants through the 18th defendant, Emmanuel Agbaje, by pasting on the wall of the Apartment 12, State House of Assembly Legislative Quarters, Ihama Road, GRA, Benin City.
“Being the official residence of Emmanuel Agbaje, the 18th Defendant in this suit, or alternatively by service on an Adult in the National Headquarters of All Progressives Congress (APC), 40, Blantyre Street, Wuse 2, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.” He also ruled that the plaintiffs/ applicants shall publish all the relevant processes filed in the suit in two national newspapers within 72 hours.