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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Judge Sends Activist Lawyer, Effiong To Correctional Centre In Uyo


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The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Lagos based activist and lawyer, Inibehe 
 Effiong, was on Wednesday morning remanded in a Correctional Centre in Uyo, Akwa Ibom on the order of the state Chief Judge Ekaette Obot for 30 days.

Effiong said he was in court to defend one Leo Ekpenyong before Justice Obot over 
a libel suit filed against him by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom.

The lawyer noted that as the matter progressed, the ugly development that led to his being sent to the correctional facility occurred.

"I have just been sent to Uyo prison by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, for one month for defending Leo Ekpenyong in the libel suit filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel," he disclosed this in a WhatsApp message and Facebook page on Wednesday morning.



According to him,  he ran into trouble with Justice Obot after he asked him not to send a reporter covering the libel case out of the court room.

Effiong who said he did not do anything to warrant the punishment added that the Judge insisted on sending him to prison despite appeal from two lawyers in court

"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.

"I obeyed. I informed the court that I was not feeling comfortable and safe having two armed mobile policemen seated inside the courtroom, that it was strange and that I felt unsafe. I applied for the judge to excuse the armed policemen from the courtroom.

"The Hon. Chief Judge then ordered me to step out of the Bar, that she was sending me to prison. She then ordered the policemen to take me to Uyo prison. And that I should be in jail for one month. I am waiting inside the courtroom for them to bring the conviction warrant.

"I will be going to the Uyo Correctional Centre now. I have not done anything. I wasn’t even (given) 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," Effiong stated in the Tweeter post.


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