Man jailed two weeks for making calls in court

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin

AKwara High Court in Ilorin on Tues­day sen­tenced a man, Ab­dul­wa­hab Ade­bayo, to two weeks in a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity for re­ceiv­ing phone calls dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings.

Jus­tice Sikiru Oyin­loye found Ade­bayo guilty of dis­turb­ing the court pro­ceed­ings with his phone con­ver­sa­tions.

Oyin­loye said the con­vict dis­tracted the court and when he was sum­moned by the po­lice of­fi­cer at­tached to the court to stop dis­turb­ing the court, he re­fused.

“The con­vict re­fused to stop dis­turb­ing the court un­til an­other po­lice­man dragged him off the court. He also ex­hib­ited a rude at­ti­tude in court, as he shouted and claimed to be in­no­cent. The court premises is not a com­mer­cial call cen­tre where any­body can re­ceive or make calls as they wish.

“Peo­ple com­mit con­tempt of court with neg­li­gence. Ig­no­rance of the law is an of­fence, I hereby sen­tence you to two weeks im­pris­on­ment, with­out an op­tion of fine,” Oyin­loye ruled.

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