Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
Two judges of the Federal High Court in Abuja whose houses alongside those of six other judicial officers were raided by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 8 and 9 resumed sitting on Monday.
While Justice Adeniyi Ademola was arrested after the raid and later granted bail, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba’s residence was only searched but he was not arrested.
Justice Ademola sat at Court 7 on Monday while Justice Dimgba heard a case marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/788/2016, at his Court 11.
Justice Ademola, who sat for close to two hours, attended to 12 cases, including two filed against the DSS.
Among the cases he attended to were two filed against the DSS by two individuals currently being held by the agency.
The first was the one marked: CS/518/2016 filed by Olusegun Komolafe against Director General, SSS (also DSS) and another; and the second marked: CS/498/2016 by Engr Chidiebere Onwudiwe v. SSS.
The DSS did not attend proceedings and was not represented, following which Justice Ademola ordered that hearing notices be served on the DSS before the next date.
The suit heard by Justice Dimgba was filed by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Olusegun Abraham.
In the suit by Abraham, Justice Dimgba ordered the service of court documents, in relation to the case, on APC’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun and the party’s purported governorship candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu through substituted means.
The judge’s order was informed by application by plaintiff’s lawyer, Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George (SAN), in which he complained of his client’s inability to effect personal service on the two defendants.
He said service had been effected on the other two defendants – APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Abraham’s suit is, among others, challenging the competence of the last APC’s governorship primary election in Ondo State held on September 3 this year.
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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja