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Judge Jails American For Pinging In Court

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 3:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of Federal High Court, Lagos, On Thursday jailed an American, Megan Chapman, Co-Executive Director, Community Legal Support Initiative, for operating her mobile phone in court.

Chapman was seated at the last bench, directly facing the judge, and did not know that the judge was noticing her activities with her phone.

Angry Ofili-Ajumogobia first walked her out of the court before sentencing her to jail.

She jailed her for 20 minutes in a waiting cell and later ordered her release following appeals from the lawyers in court.

Confirming the incident, Chapman said: “I didn’t know the rules of the court, so I was replying an urgent message. It was not like I wanted to disrespect the court.

“The incident today (Thursday) only made me know the rules of the Nigerian law court.

“I was later invited by the judge to her chambers and she accepted my apology. The prison officials were also nice,” she said.