Lawyer in Abuja sentenced to 2 months in prison for contempt

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A Magistrate of Court 2, Wuse Zone 6, Abuja has sentenced a lawyer, Eburu Ekwe Barth to two months in prison for contempt in the face of the court.

The Magistrate, Ibrahim Mohammed ordered policemen at the court to arrest and handcuff Ekwe for challenging him on the summary of a case before the court.

The lawyer’s crime was that he interjected when the magistrate was delivering a ruling on an application by the opposing lawyer, a lawyer present during the dramatic court proceeding told BarristerNG.

The lawyer’s ground of interjection was that the magistrate was ascribing what he never said to him in his ruling. The lawyer further queried whether there was a conspiracy between the magistrate and the plaintiff’s lawyer.

His interjection angered the magistrate and he immediately ordered his arrest and sentenced him for contempt.

Pleas for mercy made by many lawyers present during the proceedings were ignored by the judge.

The lawyer was thereafter taken to Suleja Prison.

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