The parties in the petition were not present at the hearing.
The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday adjourned indefinitely the hearing of the petition filed by Governor Rotimi Amaechi on what he described as human rights abuses in Rivers.
Mr. Amaechi had in October 2013 alleged that “there are on-going human rights violations in Rivers state falling within the investigative and other duties of the National Human Rights Commission”.
He alleged that the actions of the then Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Joseph Mbu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were violating the rights of the people of Rivers.
The chairman of the commission, Chidi Odinkalu, said the adjournment of the sitting which was taking place in Port Harcourt was because the parties in the petition were not present at the hearing.
He said the commission would fix a new date for the hearing after due consultations with all the parties involved.
“The commission would schedule a proper day for proper hearing and would enclose the details of the petition,” Mr. Odinkalu said.
Mr. Odinkalu said the commission had already contacted the parties involved in the petition.
He, however, said the commission would serve fresh invitation on the parties.
Earlier, Timothy Nsirim, the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, had told the commission that he had no business attending the sessions since he did not have a copy of the petition.
Also counsel to PDP, Ben Eke, said the PDP needed more time to prepare its defense.
“Notice was served to us on March 18; today is March 20; this is barely two days,” Mr. Eke said.