Magistrate outsmarts lawyer, orders suspect remanded in police custody

Magistrate court

The accused person and his lawyer wanted an adjournment; instead they got a prison remand.

An Abuja Magistrate Court on Friday ordered that a suspect, Ikechukwu Fidelis, be remanded in police custody till March 27 after he claimed that he did not understand English Language.

Mr. Fidelis was supposed to be arraigned but claimed through his lawyer, Vincent Ofunelo, that he did not understand English language.

The magistrate, Zubairu Mohammed, adjourned the case because there was no interpreter to

translate to Igbo language so that the First Information Report, FIR, could be read to Mr. Fidelis.

Following the counsel’s complaint, Mr. Mohammed requested for an Igbo interpreter, but there was none in court.

The police prosecutor, Salihu Mohammed, then asked the court for a short adjournment to enable him produce an interpreter.

Immediately the magistrate ordered that the suspect be remanded in police custody for 12 days, the accused person’s lawyer, Mr. Ofunelu, readily agreed to be an interpreter for his client.

But the magistrate refused and ordered that they all come back on March 27 for arraignment.

The suspect was to be arraigned over allegedly collecting about N3 million from some applicants with a promise to get them jobs.


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