Human Rights Lawyer jailed by Akwa Ibom Chief Judge

By Jimmy Jackson

Human Rights Lawyer and Activist, Barr. Inibehe Effiong has been jail for one month by the Akwa Ibom State Chief Judge, Justice Ekaette Obot.

Justice Obot on Wednesday sent Barr. Effiong to a correctional centre for one month over “confrontational and contemptuous behaviour” in court.

Barr. Effiong posted the development on his social media pages today.

“I have been sent to Uyo prison by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, for one month for defending Leo Ekpenyong in a libel suit filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel,” Effiong said.

“The Chief Judge of Akwa Akwa Ibom ordered a Premium Times reporter to leave the court. I said my lord, we were thinking that since the proceeding is public, that members of the public should be allowed to observe the proceeding. My Lord asked me to proceed with cross examination,” he posted.

“I will be going to the Uyo Correctional Centre now. I have not done anything. I wasn’t even opportunity to say anything before the “conviction”. Two lawyers in court appealed to the Hon. Chief Judge but my Lord insisted that I must be jailed.”

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