Magistrate Orders Lawyer To Frog-jump For Noise-making

Magistrate Orders Lawyer To Frog-jump For Noise-making

It was like a drama yesterday during a Court session,  when the presiding Chief Magistrate of an Osogbo Magistrate Court, Adewunmi Makanjuola ordered  a middle-aged lawyer, Nnajite Okobie, to observe a five-minue frog-jump as a punishment for making noise during the court proceeding.

Makanjuola, who was presiding over a case of alleged rape of an 11-year-old primary school girl was apparently disturbed by the noise emanating from Okobie, who was having a conversation with two people suspected to be his clients in the court premises.

He had earlier sent the court orderly to warn him to desist from making noise but he failed to adhere to the warning of the court.Provoked by the action of Okobie and his two clients, Makanjuola therefore ordered the court orderly to invite the trio before him.

The Chief Magistrate told them to decide on whether to be docked for contempt of court or observe a five-minute punishment of frog-jumping and then ordered the court orderly to sanction the trio by engaging them in a five-minute frog-jump stressing that their action had put the court in disrepute.

It was a sight to behold for the workers of the court. While some were full of pity for Okobie, others were seen making mockery of him.


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