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A middle aged lawyer, Nnajite Okobie was ordered to frog-jump for five minutes in front of the court premises as a punishment for disrupting court proceeding by Mr. Adewunmi Makanjuola of an Osun State Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, yesterday.
Makanjuola, who was seriously engaged in a case of alleged rape of an 11-year-old pupil, was reportedly enraged by the noise by Okobie, who was discussing seriously with two other people who were said to be his clients.
Highly angered by the development, the Magistrate directed the court orderly to warn the lawyer to desist from making noise, yet the noise persisted from that same direction.
In a swift reaction to the attitude of the lawyer and his clients, Magistrate Makanjuola ordered the court orderly to bring them forward, and at the same time asked them to choose between being docked for contempt of court or to frog-jump for five minutes as a punishment for the offence.
Having weighed both options, Okobie and his clients chose to frog-jump. Makanjuola then asked the court orderly to sanction them by engaging them in a five-minute frog-jump.
The Magistrate had lamented that the action of the Lawyer and his clients was total disgrace to the court, and warned the lawyer and other people present in the court o desist from such act of insubordination.
He said: “Even if the court is not on, you should have respect for it and for the government, not to talk of when the court is in progress. Mr. Okobie, sorry for treating you like a novice.”