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I Will Jail You If You Disrespect The Court – Judge Warns Nam 1 Lawyer, Others

Lawyer for embattled CEO of Menzgold, Lawyer Kwame Akuffo has received a stern warning to desist from disrespecting the court else face jail time.

Justice Ernest Owusu-Dapaah, a Court of Appeal judge sitting as an additional High Court judge also cautioned State Prosecutor, Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa to refrain from misconducting herself before him.

According to Justice Owusu-Dapaah, he doesn’t care if the lawyer has 100 years’ experience at the Bar he will not hesitate to jail him if the disrespect in open court continues.

The judge was forced to issue the warning after a round of shouting between Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa and Kwame Akuffo who had earlier had an altercation with the judge.

Lawyer Kwame Akuffo and the court
Lawyer Kwame Akuffo

Responding to the back-and-forth between the two, the judge said he will not tolerate disrespect in his court and will commit them for contempt and jail them.

“Not even the President can get me to rescind that decision unless he exercises the Presidential Pardon,” Justice Owusu-Dapaah cautioned.

“If you don’t understand that, you may be 100 years at the Bar but if I sit here I’m not exercising my own sovereignty but the sovereignty of Ghana. If you cannot respect that I will jail you,” he intimated.

He warned that he expects decorum and decency in proceeding saying “this is the atmosphere we must keep in the courtroom.”.

The judge is hearing the trial of Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah popularly known as NAM 1.

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Kwaku Opoku-Dame is the Chief Editor of, and he is based in Tema, Ghana. Kwaku holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies (Journalism major) from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.


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