Friday, March 12, 2021

Rivers monarch jailed one month for shouting on judge, threatening others

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has jailed one Chief Vincent Nnamdi-Otto for one month for contempt of court.

Nnamdi Ototo, a monarch, while responding to cross examination from the witness box on a disputed land suit, raised his voice at the presiding judge, requesting to know his interest in the matter.

The monarch, while further responding to question on if he was aware of an interim order of injunction restraining him from interfering with the land in dispute at Elelenwo, near Port Harcourt, claimed that he was not aware of such an order.

Nnamdi-Otto further said he knew his rival, whom he described as a crook, and that the court was condoning him.

Not done, the chief walked out of the witness box, hit his palm on the floor and threatened to deal with the judge and his rival, as well as to petition President Muhammadu Buhari and an unnamed minister.

The presiding judge, Justice Aldolphus Enebele, after watching the drama for a while, ordered that Nnamdi-Otto be put back in the witness box and should show cause why he should not be committed to prison for contempt.

Justice Enebele, after listening to the presentation from the lawyers, who condemned his attitude, sentenced him to one month imprisonment before adjourning the substantive matter till May 17, 2021 for the continuation of cross-examination.

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