The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyayi Laminkanra has dismissed an application filed by the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside seeking to stop a six billion naira libel suit instituted against him by Dr Peter Odili.
Peterside has challenged the powers of the court to hear the libel suit on grounds of lack of proper service of court processes. Counsel to the NIMASA DG, Roland Otaru had argued that the court processes were wrongly served on them.
The Chief Judge in her ruling held that the court processes were properly served on Dr. Dakuku Peterside by former Governor, Dr Peter Odili. The court dismissed the application for lack of merit and awarded forty thousand naria cost against Dakuku Peterside.
The court later proceeded to the main suit and entertained the cross examination of former Governor Peter Odili by the defense counsel before adjourning the matter to February 23 for continuation of cross examination of witnesses.
Peterside was alleged to have said in a press conference that the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, during a victory thanksgiving service, alleged that Odili helped him (Wike) to secure the judgement that gave him (Wike) victory.
But Odili had described the statement credited to Peterside as false and malicious, maintaining that Wike never said that he (Odili) helped him to secure election victory at the Supreme Court.