It was a day of rage against journalists at a Lagos court as Chief Magistrate of an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court 2, Folashade Botoku, threw pressmen out her court.
Judicial symbol for justice
The journalists that were thrown out on the orders of Botoku were from Vanguard, The Guardian and Take a Break Media.
The journalists had arrived the court very early in spite of the heavy down pour, and took their seats in the section reserved for litigants.
They arrived before both the lawyers and the magistrate, who came two hours behind schedule for a judgment involving a businessman, Paul Ojoje and Princely Court, owners of Protea Hotel Kuramo Waters, over debt of N7million.
It was obvious that the Magistrate was shocked that journalists were seated so early despite the heavy down pour.
Trouble started when the court registrar asked the journalists to leave the court room so that lawyers who came late could sit, informing that it was an order from the magistrate who was yet to take her seat.