Ojukwu: Court grants substitute service on Bianca
A Lagos High Court yesterday directed Ojukwu Transport Limited (OTL) to serve a writ of summons and other processes on Bianca, widow of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, by pasting it on the gate of 29, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Justice Deborah Oluwayemi granted the claimant’s request, after she allowed OTL’s application for an extension of the expiration for the writ of summons dated May 13, 2013.
OTL through a motion exparte brought by its lawyer, Ike Ubahakwe, prayed the court for the extension and for substituted service on Bianca.
The firm, which sued Ojukwu family for the ownership of Ojukwu estate, claimed that it faced difficulty in serving Bianca following her appointment as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain.
According to Ubahakwe, the matter was before Justice Kazeem Alogba, but it was transferred to Justice Oluwayemi during the 2013/2014 legal year posting of judges.
He said it would amount to injustice if the request for extension was not granted, adding that it took time to trace the file.
“It took time to track this file and by that time the writ of summons had expired. Thus, it was impossible for us to bring our application for renewal before the expiration of the writ of summons,” Ubahakwe added. Justice Oluwayemi granted the claimant’s prayers and adjourned the case till June 23 for report of service and continuation of trial.
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