Court remands man in prison for recording proceedings

A middle-aged-man, identified as Barile Normagima, was on Tuesday remanded in prison custody for 48 hours by a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over an indecent behaviour during court proceedings.

It was gathered that the man held his mobile phone high and was said to be recording court proceedings before he was spotted by the presiding judge.

Justice J. K. Omotosho ordered that Normagima be remanded in prison custody for two days and should return to the court on December 13, 2018 to explain why he should not be prosecuted.

A friend of Normagima, who did not want his name in print, explained to Southern City News that his friend, who stood by his side in court, brought out his phone from his pocket because of the crowd in court.

He said, “Normagima brought out his phone from his pocket and held it high because of the crowd in court pressing on each other. I don’t think he was recording the court proceedings.

“But when the judge noticed him and cautioned him, instead of apologising to the court, he was busy arguing. This infuriated the judge and he ordered his remand in prison so as to teach him a lesson.”

However, the policemen, who were in court when the judge gave the order, held the man and took him to a cell within the Federal High Court complex.

It was gathered that Normagima was in court to witness a matter bordering on politics, which was slated for hearing on Tuesday.

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