By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
An official of Ilesa prison on Tuesday allegedly slapped a lawyer, Mr. Kasiamobi Eze Ngwoke, in the premises of Osun state High Court, Osogbo.
An eye witness account said, the prison official had slapped one of the inmates who was slow in entering the prison van after the court proceedings.
It was further gathered that the lawyer who is the counsel of the accused was apparently not happy with the way the inmate was treated, approached the warden to educate them that the inmate has not been convicted and his personal liberty should be respected.
But the prison official who was said to be unhappy with the manner of approach of the lawyer slapped him and threatened to shoot him.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Modupe Awodele, who was watching the drama from the court summoned the lawyer and the prison officials.
The Magistrate was said to have cautioned the prison officials that they have no right to maltreat or assault an accused, let alone a lawyer.