Magistrate bars journalists as police arraign MAPOLY students

Chief Magistrate Adeola Adelaja of the Magistrate Court I sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday prevented journalists from covering the arraignment of students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, who were arrested on Tuesday.

The Chief Magistrate after entering the courtroom sent journalists sitting at the press gallery out of the court.

Other journalists who arrived after the case was on were also prevented by her police orderly from covering the proceedings.

The magistrate, however, did not give any reason for her action but said some journalists were using her to sell their papers by  reporting what she claimed she did not say.

She said, “I don’t know what manner of journalism you are practising, because you want to sell your papers? Not in my own time.”

Meanwhile, 17 suspects including some students of MAPOLY were arraigned for attempted murder.

Other charges, according to the suit with case number MA/838c/2017, include assault, vandalisation of vehicles and obstruction of peace.

The suspects were alleged to have attempted to kill one police officer, Daniel Samuel, by inflicting injuries on his forehead with an iron.

They were also accused of assaulting another police officer, Bola Alonge, and prevented him from executing his official duty.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons committed offences contrary and punishable to sections 516, 320, 356(1)(2)(3)(4)(5), 69 and 451 of the Criminal Code Law of Ogun State, 2006.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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