Drama as Adeyanju confronts prosecutor in court over secret meeting with magistrate

 A mild drama played out at the Wuse Zone 6 Magistrate Court,
Abuja, on Wednesday during the hearing of a bail application filed by social
media influencer and blogger, Ofoegbu Chukwuma, popularly known as Ijele.


During the proceedings, rights activist and lawyer, Deji
Adeyanju, threatened to raise a petition against the police counsel, B.N Ezala,
who is the prosecutor in Ijele’s case, for allegedly having a secret meeting
with the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel A. Iyanna.


The hearing was stalled last week as the court did not sit.


However, trouble started when Ezala arrived at the court premises
on Wednesday and headed to the magistrate’s office to have a secret meeting
with him while the lawyers to the defendant were seated in the courtroom.


The situation was objected to by Adeyanju who confronted
Ezala over what he described as unethical conduct.


Upon sighting Ezala coming out of the magistrate’s office,
Adeyanju challenged the police prosecutor while accusing her of unethical


The constitutional lawyer threatened to file a petition
against Ezala before the appropriate authorities.


He expressed displeasure over the action, saying that it was
not proper for the prosecution to engage in any secret meeting with the trial
judge before the commencement of the proceedings.


“The matter is already before court and since you have admitted
that you are a lawyer and you went to see the ‘judge?’ No problem, come and
announce appearance and I will petition you for your conduct,” Adeyanju fumed.


Ijele was arrested and detained since March 20, 2024 over
alleged criminal intimidation, threat to life, cyber stalking and
cyber-bullying against Evangelist Ebuka Obi of the Zion Prayer Ministry
Movement Outreach.


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