A former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, has sued the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside for defamation of character.
Odili is claiming the sum of N6bn from Peterside, who was the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Rivers State, for the said defamation.
Odili stated that Peterside defamed him through a newspaper publication in February 2016.
The defendant was alleged to have said in a press conference that the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, during a victory thanksgiving service, alleged that he (Odili) helped him to secure the judgment that gave him (Wike) victory at the Supreme Court.
Odili described the statement credited to Peterside as false and malicious, maintaining that Wike never made such statement.
At Tuesday’s hearing at Port Harcourt Federal High Court, Odili was asked to enter the witness box to adopt his witness statement, while Peterside or his counsel was not represented.
The lead counsel to the plaintiff, Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the trial Judge, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra, that Peterside was properly served.
Iyayi-Lamikanra, however, adjourned till October 27, 2016, for further hearing of the case.