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Peter Dada, Akure

Some policemen attached to the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi, on Thursday engaged in a free-for-all with some litigants during a court proceeding, disturbing the sitting for some minutes.

The drama started following the order of the CJ to arrest one of the litigants, identified as Olu Osore, who was in court for a family land dispute before the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure, involving the Osore and Oladipupo Olokunjuwon’s families.

Kumuyi’s refusal to stay proceeding on the land matter prompted Osore to raise his hand in the court, but the judge asked him to sit down. However, he refused, saying he did not want the court to adjudicate any longer.

This made the judge to order the policemen to arrest him and the order was promptly obeyed by the policemen, who held the litigant by his trousers.

Seeing what was happening to one of them inside the court, Osore’s family members rose up against the policemen.

The development disrupted activities in the courtroom for some minutes. The noise from the family members also disrupted proceedings in other courts around.

PUNH Metro had reported that the litigants’ lawyers, Dapo Agbede and Morakinyo Ogele,  had staged a walkout when the ruling of the Chief Judge was not in their favour.

The lawyers walked out of the court when Justice Kumuyi refused to stay proceeding in the land dispute before him pending the determination of the appeal filed at the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure.

The appellate court had fixed February 22, 2016, for the hearing of a motion seeking to compel Justice Kumuyi to make the record of proceeding of the land dispute pending before him available to lawyers.

The lawyers, Ogele and Agbede, had filed an application before the high court, asking it to stay proceeding pending the determination of the appeal filed against the earlier decision of the lower court which refused to make the record of proceeding available.

Ogele and Agbede had said since an appeal had been filed against the earlier decision of the court the lower court should adjourn and allowed the appellate court to decide the appeal before it.

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