Chief Judge Sends Human Rights Lawyer, Inibehe Effiong To Prison

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The Chief Decide of Akwa Ibom State, Ekaette Obot, has ordered the imprisonment of common human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, for defending a Premium Occasions reporter.

Naija Information experiences that the human rights lawyer made this recognized in a message he posted on his WhatsApp standing on Wednesday morning.

Effiong, who’s the Nationwide Authorized Adviser of African Alliance Congress Get together (AACP), acknowledged that he was despatched to Uyo jail by the Chief Decide of Akwa Ibom State for one month “for defending Leo Ekpenyong in a libel go well with filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel.”

Confirming the arrest, one other lawyer in Uyo acknowledged hat the choose pronounced the jail sentence in opposition to Effiong, who’s a Lagos based mostly lawyer.

Giving updates in on the incident on his Twitter web page, Effiong wrote: “I’ve simply been despatched to Uyo jail by the Chief Decide of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, for one month for defending Leo Ekpenyong within the libel go well with filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

”The Chief Decide of Akwa Akwa Ibom ordered a Premium Occasions reporter to go away the court docket.

“I stated my lord, we had been considering that for the reason that continuing is public, that members of the general public ought to be allowed to watch the continuing. My Lord requested me to proceed with cross examination.

“I obeyed. I knowledgeable the court docket that I used to be not feeling snug and secure having two armed cell policemen seated contained in the courtroom, that it was unusual and that I felt unsafe. I utilized for the choose to excuse the armed policemen from the courtroom.

“The Hon. Chief Decide then ordered me to step out of the Bar, that she was sending me to jail. She then ordered the policemen to take me to Uyo jail. And that I ought to be in jail for one month. I’m ready contained in the courtroom for them to convey the conviction warrant.

“I shall be going to the Uyo Correctional Centre now. I’ve not performed something. I wasn’t even alternative to say something earlier than the “conviction.

“Two legal professionals in court docket appealed to the Hon. Chief Decide however my Lord insisted that I have to be jailed.”

Naija Information experiences that Justice Obot, in earlier proceedings, had reportedly ordered court docket officers to briefly seize telephones from reporters and others within the courtroom, apparently to stop the proceedings from being recorded secretly.

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