Thursday’s proceedings in the trial of Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley for alleged credit card fraud was abruptly cut short as a quarrel ensued among lawyers over space to sit in the small courtroom.
The argument was between Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo on one hand, Marley’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo SAN and two other senior lawyers on the other hand.
The trial judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, was forced to adjourn the case till December 11 and 12, 2019 in the heat of arguments among lawyers.
The Federal High Court in Lagos where the trial is taking place has serious challenges over space, as the courtrooms are generally small.
It is not unusual to find lawyers and litigants fight over seat or space to stand in the courtrooms.