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Rowdy Session in Ondo Court as Lawyer, Prosecutor Exchange Blow


By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
There was a mild drama at the premises of Ondo Magistrate Court in Ondo town on Wednesday as the court was thrown into a rowdy session following a clash between a police officer and a lawyer.
The police officer is the prosecutor in charge of Magistrate court I in the area.
Trouble started when a matter involving a middle-aged man whose name was given as Afeez Smith, who claimed to be the biological son of a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr. Musilu Smith, allegedly used the name to dupe one Fabode Akinsola and others including police officers serving in the town.
The case, which was brought before a Chief Magistrate Mrs Ajibade B.F., had granted the accused person with one million naira in likely sum with two surety, the sureties which he said must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and they must swear an oath of Affidavits and evidence of tax payment for two years  must be provided, while their identities must be verified by the court.
He adjourned the case till July 4, 2018.
At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday the lawyer in company of the sureties that stood for the bail of the accused person, had pleaded with the court that the whereabouts of the accused person is unknown to him and others.
The development which made the prosecutor to respond and openly told court that the lawyers is not telling the court truth of the matter and told the court that  accused person who is a hardened criminal had jumped bail.
The prosecutor, however, said the accused person had absconded over another crime in the town, the matter which he said is presently at the Yaba divisional  police station In Ondo town.
The development made the lawyer to rise up from the bench and to go straight to the prosecutor.
The move later resulted into confrontations and shout-out during which the duo engaged themselves in free for all.
The development threw the court room into a rowdy for some minutes as other spectators in the court rushed out of the court for safety.
Earlier in the court, two lawyers had engaged themselves in verbal words, which also threw the court into a rowdy scene, the move which made everybody present in the court including journalists to throng the place.


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