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PENDING CASES IN COURT: Nigeria’s Chief Justice Threatens To Punish Media Discussing Them

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has warned against the discussion in the media of matters pending before courts.

In a New Year message to journalists on Wednesday, the chief judge cited judicial expressions forbidding the practice of discussing pending cases in the media.

According to the statement, Onnoghen said lawyers have often taken advantage of such public discussions to channel the minds of the people towards certain outcomes for court cases.

Citing previous decisions of courts, the statement said the courts of law had prohibited the discussion of pending criminal cases. It added that the declarations still stand.

The statement further said the abusive tone adopted by other lawyers for judges and opponents of cases makes it necessary to stop the practice.

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