The temporary injunction requested by the Chief of Staff to prevent the Nigerian Police and other security services from arresting Rivers State Governor Edison Ehie has been extended by a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt.
Following a protest from Counsel to Ehie, Demain Okoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who told the court that the applicant had been declared wanted by the police despite the interim order being served on them, the trial judge, Justice Sika Aprioku, extended the order.
Order 4, Rule 4c of the Administration of Criminal Justice, which grants Justice Aprioku the authority to prolong and renew orders in cases where an ex parte application is submitted, was sighted.
Celestine Dickson, the respondent’s attorney, requested an extension of time, and Justice Aprioku granted it. Dickson’s counsel was allowed three days to answer to the procedure, while the applicant had two days to respond.
Subsequently, the judge postponed the start of the substantive suit hearing until February 15, 2024.