Lagos: Two lawyers arraigned for allegedly fighting in court premises

An Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday, adjourned until November 26, for mention in the case of two female lawyers, Adaobi Emeka and Nkiru Nwanyawu, charged with affray.

The Magistrate, Mr Ademola Adesanya, adjourned the case after the defendants had given a report of their visit to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP)

Adaobi, 37, and Nkiru, 40, years respectively, were charged on one count of affray, for engaging in physical combat in the Ojo Magistrates’ court compound.

They were arraigned before the court on March 17 and had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court had granted them bail of N100,000 each, with sureties in like sum, and had ordered that the sureties must be relations or clergymen.

The court had added that the defendants must produce a letter of good behaviour from their respective NBA branches.

When the case was called on Monday, the defendants appearing for themselves entered the dock.

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The defendants then informed the court that they had accordingly visited the office of the DPP in compliance, as their case file had been transferred for advice.

Adesanya, consequently, adjourned the case until Nov. 26 for further mention, while awaiting legal advice.

In the charge, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP Simeon Uche told the court that the defendants committed the offence on March 16 in the court premises.

He said that his attention was drawn by a shouting crowd outside the courtroom, who informed the court that the two female lawyers were fighting.

Adaobi who was pregnant at the time, was said to have engaged in the fracas with Nkiru her colleague after both lawyers struggled to offer their complimentary cards to suspects who were produced for arraignment.

Nkiru was said to have thrown away the card of Adaobi, while Adaobi was said to have also grabbed Nkiru’s complimentary card, and this time, flung it outside the court’s window.

The prosecutor said that they were immediately arrested and taken to the Ojo Police station where they were detained.

The offence contravenes the provisions of section 54 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The case will be mentioned again on November 26.


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