Justice Chizoba Orji of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting at Maitama ordered the detention of six Judiciary correspondents for over two hours.
The court gave the order after the registrar accused AIT reporter, Wumi Obabori of violating the rule of the court.
Obabori had attempted to record footage for her story, when a female Registrar of the court pounced on her, insisting that journalists have no right to cover the court.
Efforts made to explain to the Registrar that journalists could get visuals and pictures once the court is not in session, had no effect, as the court official immediately summoned a police officer attached to the judge to arrest the reporter.
The police orderly Gusar Dauda, who claimed that he had the authority of the judge, came into the courtroom and immediately locked the main gate to the courtroom, went for his firearm while ordering all the journalists to surrender their phones.
Justice Chizoba Orji subsequently, called out the journalist and ordered her police orderly, Gusar Dauda to seize the phone belonging to AIT’s Wumi Obabori and delete all the pictures and videos in it.
Justice Orji told the reporter that no journalist has the right to take recordings of her courtroom.
Other Journalists affected by the Judges’ actions are Kunle Olasanmi of Leadership Newspaper, Godwin Tsa of the Sun Newspaper, Ikechukwu Nnochiri of Vanguard Newspaper, Augustine Okezie of Raypower Fm/ AIT and a veteran journalist, Charles Ozoemena.
The Journalists have since been released by the police officer on duty on the orders of the Judge.