Judge Orders Police To Arrest Premium Times Reporte

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Akwa Ibom Chief Judge, Ekaette Obot, has ordered the police to arrest Saviour Imukudo, a Premium Time reporter, who was at the High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday, to cover the court proceedings,

Mr Imukudo was in the court to cover the defamation case between the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, and a lawyer, Leo Ekpenyong.

A Witness of the arrest of Mr. Imukudo, who was also a resident of Uyo, said the judge had asked the reporter to identify himself in the courtroom when the proceedings started.

Mr Imukudo introduced himself as a reporter with the PREMIUM TIMES, and then Justice Obot ordered him to leave the courtroom.

As he was walking out of the courtroom, the judge ordered a police officer to search him and confiscate his phone, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

There were two armed police officers inside the courtroom, the lawyer, Mr Effiong, said in his tweets that alerted the public that he was being sent to prison by Justice Obot.

The PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter, Mr Imukudo, was still detained as of 1:30 p.m. in Justice Obot’s court.

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