There was a mild drama yesterday at the Osun State High Court, Osogbo, when an official of Ilesa Prison allegedly slapped a lawyer, Mr. Kasiamobi Eze Ngwoke.
The prison official also reportedly slapped an inmate, who was slow in entering the prison van, after the court proceedings.
Ngwoke was reportedly slapped a few minutes after he complained over the way his client was being beaten. His complaint, however, did not go down well with the prison official.
When Ngwoke approached the warden to remind him that the inmate had not been convicted and his personal liberty should be respected, the prison official also gave the lawyer a slap and threatened to shoot him.
The magistrate, Mrs. Modupe Awodele, who was watching the drama from the court, summoned the lawyer and all prison officials.
Awodele was said to have cautioned the prison officials that they had no right to maltreat or assault an accused, let alone a lawyer.
The magistrate was said to have directed the lawyer to take appropriate legal action against the prison official.