The Lagos State judiciary has stated why one Mrs Yetunde Osijo, who was alleged to have been involved in a traffic dispute with a magistrate, Mrs Funke Sule-Amzat, was arraigned.
Yetunde Osijo’s husband, Dipo reportedly alleged that the Magistrate, Mrs Funke Sule-Amzat, ordered the detention of his wife, Yetunde at the Kirikiri Prison on Monday, March 21, 2016 for hitting her car.
It was alleged that the Magistrate ordered that Yetunde Osijo should be arrested and arraigned before her at the Ogudu Chief Magistrate Court and that she promptly ordered that she should be detained at the Kirikiri Prisons without legal representation.
Contrary to the claims of the alleged victim’s husband, the Lagos Judiciary, in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by the Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Ogundare, denied the report saying there was no truth, whatsoever, in it.
The statement maintained that the magistrate did not sit on her own case.
The Lagos Judiciary in the statement gave the magistrate’s version of the traffic incident: “that on Monday, March 21, 2016 around 9:00 a.m. on her way to work, close to Abiola Gardens, Ojota, a car brushed her car from behind.
“The Magistrate’s driver alighted from the car and Yetunde Osijo who drove the car rained abuses on the driver and his master. The Magistrate stepped out to see the extent of the damage only for Yetunde Osijo to speed off in a dangerous manner. She was eventually arrested by men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere and taken to Area H, Police Command Ogba.
“The Area Commander made an attempt to resolve the matter but Yetunde Osijo insisted on calling her husband who came in and became very boastful. Together with his wife, he uttered insulting words that cannot be printed. At that juncture, the Magistrate said the law should take its course and left for her Court.’’
The statement maintained that the Magistrate, upon the occurrence of the incident lodged a report with the Police, who effected an arrest and upon investigation arraigned the suspect before the Chief Magistrate Court Ogba presided over by Mr. T.A. Elias.