Metuh: Court Orders Arraignment Of Lawyer, Channels TV Anchors
The Federal High Court Abuja, has ordered the Federal Government to arraign a legal practitioner, Ben-Chuks Nwosu and three members of staff of the Channels Television.
The three Channels staff are: Chamberlain Usoh, Gimba Umar and Nneota Egbe.
They are to be arraigned for participating and anchoring a programme on the station, “Sunrise Daily ” were it was alleged that contemptuous and prejudicial questions and comments were made by Nwosu, who is one of Metuh’s lawyers.
The judge, Justice Okon Abang gave the order on Tuesday while delivering a ruling after listening to the unedited video of the programme in open court.
Nwosu appeared on the programme on May 22 where he spoke in response to the court's refusal to permit Metuh's request to travel abroad for medical spinal-related surgery.
Abang ordered that they should be arraigned in any court of coordinate jurisdiction within the jurisdiction of the court under Secction 134(4) of the Criminal Code.
He said they should be arraigned for the court to determine whether questions asked by the three anchors and the comments by Nwosu were not contemptuous and misleading to the public.
Abang held that upon arraignment, the court shall determine whether Channels TV had not made prejudicial statement thereby misleading the public, and distorting the facts of the case for selfish interest.
He gave the Federal Government 30 days to comply with the order.counsel was not heard.
Justice Abang, however, warned Metuh not to cause any unpleasant scene or fall in the courtroom again adding that the proceedings shall be on a daily basis.
He adjourned the matter until July 4 for the defence to call its remaining witnessesYou like this article? Don’t forget to share it!
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