Lawyer Faces Trial For Slapping Colleague In Car

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Paul Iyoghojie

A lawyer operating at Igbosere Magistrates’ court, Lagos Island, western Nigeria, has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos magistrates’court for allegedly slapping her colleague within the court premises.

Barrister Nina Lawani, 59, was arrested by the police at the Lion Building Division, Lagos Island and after she allegedly slapped her colleague, Barrister Helen Ibeji.

After  investigation of the alleged incident by Inspector Caroline Okoror and her team, Nina was charged before a Tinubu Magistrates’ court, Lagos on a one count charge of felony to wit, unlawful assault.

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The police prosecutor, Sgt. Daniel Ighodalo told the court in charge No L/196/2014 that the accused committed the offence on 18 November, 2014 at Igbosere Magistrates’court, Lagos during a struggle for a client.

He said the complainant reported to the police that her colleague slapped her on the right side of her face in public at the Igbosere Magistrates’ court premises when she tried to prevent her from snatching her client.

Ighodalo said the offence committed by the accused is punishable under section 170 of the criminal laws of Lagos State.2014.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the crime in the open court and Magistrate Mrs O.M. Ajayi admitted her on bail on self recognition and adjourned the case till 18 December, 2014 for mention.

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