Maobuye Nangi Obu, a lone-defendant in Suit N0. PHC/1057/CS/2021 between him, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) and Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface (Claimants) over alleged theft of ‘his idea’ on “Presidential Artisanal Crude Oil Refining Development Initiative-PACORDI” today, December 21, 2021 appeared in a Port Harcourt High Court presided over by His Lordship, Hon. Justice (Dr.) O. Gbasam following an Order dated November 3, 2021 for substituted service on him.
It would be recalled that in a press release by Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) titled “ALLEGED PACORDI THEFT: MR. MAOBUYE NANGI OBU SUMMONED TO APPEAR IN COURT” dated December 17, 2021 and signed by its Executive Director, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface the organization informed its members, followers, local and international development partners and members of the public who are interested and have been following up with the case in solidarity about a Court Order for Writ renewal following inability to serve the defendant over a period of three months till the expiration of the processes. He said the court had also ordered for substituted service on the defendant through his Facebook page, WhatsApp account and by pasting same on his doorsteps in his community in Krakrama, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State which were all effectively and successfully completed by December 16.
In a December 21 press release signed by its Executive Director, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, Advocacy Centre updates on the case that following the November 3, 2021 court sitting and adjournment to December 21, 2021, the court sat over the matter as scheduled today.
Mr. Fyneface in the statement said when the case was called for mention, Counsel to the claimants (YEAC and Fyneface Dumnamene), Chioma Choko Esq reminded the Court that the business of the day in the case was for “mention” (which entails to report back to the court whether service has been effected on the defendant or not) and informed the Court that service has been successfully effected on the defendant, Mr. Maobuye Nangi Obu by substituted means as ordered by the Court on November 3.
Appearing for the defendant, George Anthony Ikoli,SAN informed and confirmed to the Court that the defendant, Mr. Maobuye Nangi Obu has been dully served the court processes by the Bailiff through substituted means as ordered by the Court. G.A. Ikoli,SAN who was accompanied to court by Wisdom Adike, Esq and Mr. Maobuye Nangi Obu, the lone-defendant in the matter sought the leave of the court for an adjournment to enable them respond to the processes filled by the claimants since they were still within 42 days provided under the law to do so; a request that was granted by the court as expected and the case adjourned to Friday, February 4, 2022 for “pretrial conference”.
Advocacy Centre uses this opportunity to thank all those standing by the organization during this trying times and once again urge its members, followers, local and international development partners to keep faith with the organization and Fyneface on this matter and remain calm but watchful with an eye on Mr. Plagiarism whose threats to the organization and its staffers subsist as reported to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police in a petition dated March 18, 2021 for investigation and prosecution.
Executive Director, YEAC.