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Drama As Presidential Election Petition Court Bans Phones, Gadgets From May 22


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On Saturday morning, there was mild chaos at the Presidential Election Court as lawyers, including Senior Advocates and journalists, were asked to leave their phones and other electronic devices, including laptop computers, outside the courtroom before entering.


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A large printed notice was pasted on the three entrances leading into the courtroom, prompting many lawyers to express their displeasure with such a directive.

Many people who arrived early for court were turned away because the door to the courtroom remained closed.

When the secretary to the Presidential Election Petition Court, Josephine Ekperobe, arrived and told all the lawyers and journalists waiting to enter the courtroom to follow the instructions, the situation became tense. The crowd of lawyers who had been waiting anxiously since about 9 a.m. reacted angrily, forcing her to withdraw.


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After a few minutes, around 9:45 a.m., the door to the courtroom was finally opened to allow people in.

There was no explanation for the notice or who issued the directive.

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However, the Court’s secretary later apologised, stating that it was “a directive from above” that will take effect on Monday, May 22, 2023.

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