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Effiong Inihebe: Akwa Ibom Youths Protest

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Some youths have taken to the streets to show their disapproval of the imprisonment of a human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, by the Akwa Ibom State Chief Judge, Ekaette Obot.

The youths who registered their displeasure on Thursday gathered to protest his incarceration.

Inibehe has spent 15 days in incarceration, and is now reportedly transferred to Uyo Correctional Centre from Ikot Ekpene correctional facility.

AN24 reported that the CJ sent Inibehe to prison on July 27 over what she described as “contemptuous and insulting behaviour in court.”

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Since incarceration, many Civil Society Organisations, lawyers and other members of the public have condemned the incarceration, arguing that Inibehe was not given a fair hearing to defend himself.

A rights activist, Agba Jalingo, also revealed that Effiong’s beard has been shaved by the prison officials.

Inibehe was defending his client, Mr Leo Ekpenyong, in a case of libel said to have been instituted against the client by Governor Udom Emmanuel of the state.

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