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Magistrate orders reporters out of court

28 November 2013, 16:12

Lagos - A Lagos Magistrate, O.O. Martins of an Igbosere Magistrates' Court, on Wednesday ordered two reporters out of the court.

The reporters are Henry Oladele of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and Onozure Dania of the Vanguard Newspapers.

The magistrate, who is in charge of Court 11, Igbosere, ordered the reporters out while monitoring the court's proceedings.

NAN reports that the incident occurred when the prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oria, alerted the magistrate that some journalists were in her court.

"Immediately I entered the court, I noticed the prosecutor whispering to the magistrate and suddenly the magistrate asked if there was any journalist in the court.

"I stood up and she ordered me and my colleague to get out, which I did without any objection," Oladele said.

Efforts to find out reasons for the magistrate's action from the prosecutor proved futile as he was not ready to talk.

-  NAN

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