Onnoghen: NBA chair, lawyers beaten up in Rivers

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There was a rowdy session at the Appeal Court in Rivers State on Wednesday as a group of young men beat up the Port Harcourt Branch Chairman of the NBA, Sylvester Adaka.

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Fracas started after some lawyers led by Adaka approached the Appeal Court presided over by Justice A. A. Gumel, and pleaded that he adjourn court proceedings for the day based on NBA’s protest against the Onnoghen’s suspension.

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Gumel, however, cautioned the lawyers against desecrating the court, which he described as a temple of justice.

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He decried the carrying of placards and disrupting court proceedings by lawyers, adding that the action amounted to turning the court into a public square.

The judge stated that the court was only going to take records of processes, but would hear motions at an adjourned date.

But the lawyers insisted that the day’s sitting be adjourned, a development that did not go down well with some young men around.

They attacked the NBA chairman and other lawyers that were with him, insisting that the court proceedings must continue.

The NBA chairman, Port Harcourt Branch, Sylvester Adaka, said the lawyers were in court to stop court proceedings as directed by the NBA before he was attacked.

He said, “While we were inside the Court of Appeal, I peacefully addressed the justices of the Court of Appeal to rise in continuation of our peaceful boycott of courts and also appealed to lawyers to leave the court premises.

“But while we were in court, a couple of thugs on the court premises attacked the lawyers. They zeroed in on me and a couple of lawyers. If not for the intervention of my colleagues, I don’t know what would have happened.”

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