RIVERS COURT RENEWS ORDER RESTRAINING POLICE FROM ARRESTING EHIE
By: Felix Barikui – Port Harcourt
A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has renewed and extended an interim order restraining the Nigerian Police and other security agencies from arresting the Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Edison Ehie.
The trial Judge, Justice Sika Aprioku renewed the order following a complaint by Ehie’s lawyer, Damian Okoro SAN who informed the judge that despite the court’s earlier order, the police had gone ahead to declare his client wanted.
After listening to Ehie’s lawyer, Justice Aprioku cited order 4 rule 4C of the Administration of Criminal Justice which gives him power to renew and or extend orders where applications are made ex parte.
He thereafter extended the validity of the previous order till the determination of the substantive suit.
The judge also ruled on an application for extension of time by respondent counsel Celestine Dickson, who, he gave three days extension to respond to the processes, while the applicant was given 2 days to respond.
The Judge then adjourned to the 15th of February 2024 for a hearing of the substantive suit
Recall that the Nigerian Police had last week, declared Ehie wanted for alleged involvement in burning of the Rivers State House of Assembly late last year.