A magistrate, Ibrahim Mohammed, attached to Magistrate Court 2, Wuse Zone 6 in Abuja on Wednesday set aside his order which culminated in the arrest, handcuff and imprisonment of a lawyer, Eburu Barth.
The reversal was said to have followed the public outcry and intervention of the Nigerian Bar Association over the matter.
That the NBA had in a statement by its Secretary, Adebiyi Adetosoye, demanded an application to review the order of the court with over 20 lawyers offering to take on the matter.
“The NBA has immediately applied to review the order of the court sentencing him to jail without a fair hearing, even when we had over 20 lawyers offering to take on the matter. We have also reached out to the necessary authorities to ensure that this order of the court is reversed immediately. We are also going to be submitting a petition against the magistrate and ensure this trend is permanently put to a final stop”, the statement said.
But on Wednesday, Adetosoye in a statement titled, ‘Mr Eburu Ekwe Barth released and contempt order set aside’, said Magistrate Mohammed granted an application to have the contempt order set aside.
He said, “The NBA Abuja is happy to inform you that following our intervention, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed granted an application to have the contempt order set aside. The release warrant has been signed and our colleague is going to be released before the close of work today.
“This incident has, however, exposed the level of decadence in the system, particularly the attitude of some lawyers towards the court which leaves much to be desired. It further calls for the need to strengthen the relations between the Bar and Bench so as to curtail the reoccurrence of such matters in the future.
“Meanwhile, the branch committee on Young Lawyers Mentoring and Pupillage has been directed to come up with a work plan to address this recurring issue. Once again we thank you all for your solidarity.”
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