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Irate Magistrate Sends Former Rev Chris Okotie’s Pianist To Jail For Contempt of Court (PHOTO)

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Facebook activist and former keyboardist of the Household of God Church, Dafiaghor Okiotor popularly known as Dafph Daf faced a baptism of fire at Ikeja Magistrate Court, Lagos, today (Thursday) where he was sentenced to jail for contempt of court.
The irate magistrate, Oshodi Makanjuola, while accusing Mr. Okiotor of
flouting her directives to

desist from posting the court proceedings on
social media; also announced that she is withdrawing from the case.

“I have two publications here,” Mrs. Makanjuola said, brandishing two pieces of paper.
“One is saying: Countdown to Reverend Okotie suit, let us find out if Okotie is too big to come to court.
“The other says: Hallelujah! Okotie Chris gets a dubious judgment…,” the magistrate read from the papers.
“You even had the effrontery to publish my picture on a Sahara Reporters newspaper
Ms. Makanjuola called in the police to take Mr. Okiotor out of the
court despite the defendant’s plea that she hears his own side of the
story.
“I don’t want to hear anything from you. A matter that is still subjudice before me,” said the furious magistrate.
“I hereby disengage myself from the case. The case file should be
sent to the chief magistrate for re-assignment to another magistrate,”
she added.
Mr. Okiotor, 40, is facing a three count charge including threatening
and preventing Mr. Okotie, the General Overseer of the church, from
preaching to his congregation as well as conducting himself in a manner
capable of breaching public peace.
At previous sittings, Kola Dopamu, counsel to Mr. Okotie, had
consistently sought to draw magistrate’s attention to media publications
and Facebook posts on Mr. Okiotor’s wall.
At the last sitting, Mr. Dopamu raised the same “concerns” but the magistrate described it as mere “hearsay.”
“I’m not aware of anything being written by anybody,” Ms. Makanjuola had said.
Also, an earlier effort by Mr. Okiotor’s lawyer, Robert Igbinedion,
to get the court to issue witness summons on Mr. Okotie was turned down
by the magistrate.
Mr. Igbinedion had tried to convince the court to invite Mr. Okotie
to come and present the church’s CCTV recordings on July 10 and 15,
2012, the days the defendant was accused of assaulting the “man of God.”

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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