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Akwa Ibom CJ Jails Human Rights Lawyer, Inihebe Effiong

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A human rights activist, Inihebe Effiong, has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot on Wednesday.

Effiong, who is handling a case for his client before Justice Obot’s court in Uyo disclosed this in a message he posted on his Facebook.

According to a post Effiong made on Facebook, he protested against the presence of two armed policemen in the court room and the CJ allegedly jailed him without an opportunity to defend himself.

He wrote, “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.

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“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 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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