The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has ordered for the arraignment of Abuja-based Lawyer, Ben Chuks Nwosu, and three Channels Television Anchors, over presumed contempt.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to arraign Anchors of Sunrise Programme on Channels Television, Chamberlain Usoh, Gimba Umar, and one other, “to determine whether it is proper for them to discuss” matters pending before the court on their Television programme.
Nwosu, who is one of the Defence Counsels for the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, who is standing trial before Justice Abang, appeared on the programme, on May 22, where he spoke in response to the court’s refusal to grant the former PDP Spokesman’s request to travel abroad for a medical spinal-related surgery.
“I said it that there is more to Olisa Metuh’s trial than meets the eye; they want Olisa Metuh mangled, persecuted, and hounded into prison; and I think that is wrong”, Nwosu had said on the programme, which recording was played back in the courtroom, on the orders of the Judge.
The Judge, however, refused to make an order to arraign the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lawyer, Johnson Ojogbane, who was said to have spoken by audio interview during the programme, on the grounds that his identity could not be ascertained.
The Judge, while ruling on Metuh’s application to re-open his defence, which was foreclosed earlier, following his absence in court, revealed that the court cannot revisit the order, and directed him to go on appeal.