There was a light drama in Customary Court Grade A at Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Thursday, 26 August, 2021, when a prison warder, names withheld, refused to unlock an accused who had, all along, been in their custody was brought to court for continuation of his trial.
The drama ensued when her Lordship, Mrs Gbadamosi, the presiding judge at the Grade A Customary Court 1, Iyaganku, noticed that the remanded accused, Mr Ige Idowu Temitope, was still having handcuffs around his wrists while in court.
Justice Gbadamosi, in a furious mood, felt dissatisfied with the situation and the attitude of the warder to the accused.
She instructed the warder to unlock the accused and the warder informed her Lordship that the handcuff key was not working fine any longer and so he could not unlock Temitope.
Justice Gbadamosi felt highly disappointed about the conduct of the officer to his official duties, asking him a lot of questions to which the warder gave unintelligible answers.
The judge, however, ordered the warder to leave Temitope in court and go back to office and find a key to unlock the accused, while judgement was delivered in his absence and the judge pronounced the accused free.