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Live cases: Make unguarded comments, go to jail, CJN warns lawyers

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday warned lawyers and other members of the public against making “unguarded comments” on live cases before various courts.

Justice Onnoghen, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Awassam Bassey, specifically expressed concern about comments in the media concerning the ongoing legal dispute over the Anambra Central Senatorial District seat.

The CJN said such comments were tantamount to contempt of court which could earn the commentators a jail term.

He also charged judges not to take lightly cases of such infractions, urging them not to hesitate to wield their punitive powers against culpable persons violating the principle of subjudice.

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