President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, has warned lawyers and journalists covering the case instituted by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari that they would be courting trouble if they went outside the court to make comments inimical to the case.
She spoke in Abuja, on Wednesday, during the inauguration of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which the appellate court is handling as the court of first instance, warning that open discussion and dissecting of the developments in the tribunal would not be entertained.
Bukachuwa, who said that it was usual of high-profile cases to attract a lot of public attention, stakeholders, should treat it as a low-profile case by ensuring that proceedings were not blown out of context by open discussions which could confuse the tribunal and expose it unduly.
Promising adequate sanctions for defaulters, she promised that the tribunal would make all necessary information on the matter available to journalists as at and when due adding that anything else to the contrary would be going outside the law and would be so treated.
She also promised justice to all sides, saying it had become the norm in Nigeria that there would always be complaints over election matters by aggrieved parties no matter how good the process was and it was the duty of the courts in such circumstances to look into such complaints and deal with them dispassionately, according to law.
She revealed that while Jigawa State did not have a single case in the tribunal, Imo had the highest number of 78 petitions which necessitated six different tribunals posted to the state to hancle the cases.