A Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday could not hear Rivers Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike’s application for an injunction against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and two others. The development was due to the absence of Director of Department of State Service. The other respondents are: the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Wike, in his application, is seeking to ask the court to restrain the respondents from searching any of his houses. However, the matter could not be heard due to the absence of one of the respondents, DSS in court. The Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, declined to proceed with the matter following the disclosure by the registrar of the court that there was no proof that the DSS had been served with hearing notices.
According to the judge, it is the law that all parties in a suit must be served hearing notices, adding that unless any party elects not to attend court after having been served, then the matter can go on.