Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

Lawyer docked for allegedly calling police prosecutor, judge ‘criminals’

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

A Niger State based practicing lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Igwe, was brought before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Minna for allegedly calling a police prosecutor and a judge criminals.
Igwe was on Monday docked on three- count charges of criminal intimidation, refusing to answer public servant authorized to question and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace.
The Police Prosecutor, Sergent Emmanuel Ogiri told the court that the matter was earlier on 14th January, 2019 referred from the Commissioner of police for investigation, noted that the accused person was invited by the police but blatantly refused to honor the invitation.
Ogiri added that one Insp. John Edache alleged that the accused person, who works with ascended law chamber, Minna threatened his life and that of his family through a text message at about 5:30pm on Dec. 25, 2018.
According to him, the accused person then went to Gwada magistrate court, where the police inspector works as a prosecutor with the aim to fight but met his absence.
He said the accused person was said to have insulted the presiding magistrate Gimba Isah, saying that he and the inspector were criminals.
He said the offences were contrary to sections 397 sub section B’, 142 and 399 of the penal code law respectively.
When the charges were read to the accused person, he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor thereafter prayed the court for adjournment to enable the police call it’s witnesses.
He, however, objected to bail for the accused person on the grounds that it was a case bordering on threat to life.
Counsel for the accused person, A.A Mbachu prayed the court to grant his client bail in line with sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Mbachu said his client would not jump bail but will appear in court at every adjourned date and provide a reasonable surety.
In his ruling, Magistrate Paul Adama, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N1m and a surety who must be a civil servant with the state government, not below grade level 15.
Adama, however, adjourned the matter until June 11 for next hearing.

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