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Journalists barred from Ikeja customary court

Journalists barred from Ikeja customary court
March 08
18:25 2018
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An Ikeja customary court in Lagos on Thursday barred journalists from covering its proceedings.

A court registrar simply identified as Yomi told journalists that the order was from the judicial service commission.

He threatened to forcefully eject the reporters at the court.

“We do not allow journalists into the courtroom to report proceedings due to the type of high profile cases and the calibre of people that come into this particular court,” he said.

“The order not to allow journalists cover proceedings from this court is from above. I have walked journalists out of the court with the backing of the president of the court.

“Ikeja customary court is the number one court in Lagos state because of the calibre of people and cases that are filed there. You can never hear any news on marriage dissolution emanating from this particular court.”

The courtroom is an open place or assembly where members of the public can walk into to get information concerning the judicial process as well as watch proceedings.

Section 22 of the 1999 constitution as amended provides that the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter.

Also, section 39 (1) states that every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.

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