A serving Judge of Lagos State (names withheld) embarrassed himself and the Government of Lagos state at a public function on Saturday 19th October.
The ugly incident happened at the wedding reception of the daughter of Late Justice W.A. Oshodi at Eventistry Event Centre on Admiralty Way, Lekki.
As expected, the wedding attracted a large numbers of eminent personalities and dignitaries from across the state and beyond. Among them were Royal fathers, top politicians, notable Lawmakers, top civil Servants and businessmen.
*A Show of Shame*
According to Eyewitnesses, among the dignitaries at the VVIP section of the Reception were His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola, some other personalities and this particular Judge of a Court in Lagos state, who was sitting somewhere near Oba Elegushi.
Reliable sources at the event reveals that towards the tail end of the event, One of the members of Lagos State House of Assembly who had been at the event all along wanted to leave, but the youthful Lawmaker thought it necessary as a thoroughbred Yoruba son, to pay homage to Oba Elegushi before taking his leave and so walked briskly with his aides towards OBA Elegushi
As the Lawmaker moved closer and bent halfway to greet Elegushi, this so-called judge suddenly stood up sharply, snapped at the Honourable Member, removed his cap and smacked the cap on the table, and started shouting and yelling at the Lawmaker, “Why should you greet the Kabiyesi without, removing your cap”, “it is wrong, is he your mate?” “if you can’t remove your cap, then go this way and leave this place!!!”.
Obviously dumbfounded and shocked, the Lawmaker’s Security aides wanted to swing into action and deal with the man instantly but the Lawmaker himself restrained them.
Also shocked by the judge’s terrible behaviour in public, Oba Elegushi and Hakeem Muri Okunola and others who were visibly angry, quickly stepped into the matter and apologised to the Second term Lawmaker.
According to multiple sources at the scene of the incident, the judge, who is from a popular family in Lagos and whose surname tallys with a popular commercial trade centre in the middle of the state where a former Lagos Governor commissioned an uncompleted interchange project around May this year, is an habitual drunkard who usually misbehave in public after getting tipsy. We learnt he has brought the Judiciary to disrepute on several occasions.
Although, most people at the event did not know his identity as a judge, apart from a few. It was gathered that the man, had previously consumed a large quantity of Henessy and Heineken Beer at the occasion and had started misbehaving long before the Lawmaker walked into the scene with the aim of greeting the Kabiyesi.
Our correspondent observed that, even after identifying himself as a Lagos State Lawmaker, the judge remained adamant, insisting that he was right to have removed the Lawmaker’s cap.
Though the matter was later resolved at the intervention of some other VIPS at the event, yet those who witnessed the show of shame by the judge wondered how a man of such ridiculous and abrassive character could be sitting as a judge in a cosmopolitan and mega city-state like Lagos.
The general question on the lips of many at the scene was “is this how he gets drunk when delivering judgement on cases before him in the court”?
One of the guests at the scene was heard saying, “If truly this man is a judge, then he is a total embarrassment to the Lagos State Judiciary Service, Gov. Sanwoolu’s administration and entire people of Lagos State.
We shall keep you updated on latest development on the matter.