“The Order Not To Allow Journalists Cover Proceedings In This Court Is From Above”
An Ikeja Customary Court on Thursday banned journalists from covering its proceedings stating that it was an order from the Judicial Service Commission.
According to the court registrar called Yomi, “We do not allow journalists into the courtroom to report proceedings due to the type of high profile cases and the caliber of people that come into this particular court.”
“The order not to allow journalists cover proceedings in this court is from above,” he said.
He told journalists that if any of them tries to come into the court to report proceedings, he would forcefully order them out of the courtroom.
He said: “I have walked journalists out of the court before with the backing of the President of the court. Ikeja Customary Court is the number one court in Lagos State because of the caliber of people and cases that are filed there.”
“You can never hear any news on marriage dissolution emanating from this particular court.”
This act is against the Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended provides that the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter.