Counsels Clash in Court over Date

Counsels Clash in Court over Date
By Larry Onwuta
There was a median drama on Monday between Prof. Ilochi Okafor (SAN) of IUC Global Chambers and a staff of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Anambra State, Mrs. Nnorom… in Otuocha High Court 2, presided over by Justice Emeka Okafor when the court failed to sit following the absence of the presiding judge.
The drama began when the court staff pleaded with counsels who were in attendance to pick their convenient date for adjoined cases.
Prof. Ilochi Okafor (SAN), who according to his status in the bar had picked Wednesday as his convenient date, considering the long stay in the remand by his clients, (Chinonso and Chidebele Anyanyo) and when the state counsel objected to the date convenient with the Senior Advocate, Ilochi Okafor (SAN) frowned at the failure of the state counsel to concuor with his submission.
Nnorom, while suggesting a date in the month of June, 2016 as her own convenient date, the Senior Advocate slacked his tamper and the court roof was like it was going to be pulled off,  as the voice of the senior lawyer was high, the action attracted quick intervention of the Court Registrar who called the legal luminaries to order.
Challenging Prof. Ilochi Okafor (SAN) to show her where it was stated in law that his convenient date(s) must suit any other counsel in the same matter with him, the state attorney who is soft in speaking, punched her senior colleague with points according to the law. The two counsels’ action compelled the court clerks to suspend other counsels from picking dates but when the attention of the Court Registrar was drawn to that effect, the counsels present in the court were recalled back and they came and picked their dates.
It would be recalled that the services of Prof. Ilochi Okafor (SAN) was retained by Chinonso and Chidebele Anyanyo who are standing trial in the High Court in Charge No: OT/21C/2014 against the state while Mrs. Nnorom is at the prosecution side of the matter. However, the matter was later adjoined to May 3, 2016 for hearing.
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