An FCT High Court in Apo, on Tuesday, April 9 granted leave for substituted service on the acting chairman of the Economic And Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The Nation reports that Justice Silvanus Oriji gave the order substituted service, after listening to the submissions of Chief Mike Ozekhome ,SAN, counsel to an Abuja-based lawyer, Monday Ubani and a former senator, Christopher Enai.
Oriji had on Tuesday, March 26, granted leave to an exparte motion filed by Ozekhome to charge Ubani and Enai to court or release them on bail on or before March, 28.
The judge held that the court had the power to make an order for substituted service of the process where it appears that prompt service cannot be conveniently effected.
“In exercise of the power of the court under Order 7 rule 11, I grant this motion,” he said.
He said since the bailiff, Ishaya Markus, was denied access to Magu by the armed security personnel at his office at the EFCC Headquarters.
Ozekhome said that the operatives told the bailiff that he can only see Magu on invitation.
Ozekhome, in the motion exparte prayed the court to order form 48 and 49 be served on any officer at the mail registry of the chairman of the EFCC and legal Department at Headquarters in Jabi.
He also prayed an order of the court by posting same at the gate of the head office of EFCC.
Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has stated that corruption is responsible for kidnapping, banditry in some parts of northern Nigeria.
Comrade Frank in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, April 7, opined that the mindless looting of public funds that has so far characterised the current administration is directly responsible for persistent insecurity in the country.
He lamented that the president has woefully failed to protect Nigerians and demanded that the current “tired and incompetent heads of security agencies and Service Chiefs be sacked.”
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