Inibehe Effiong recounts ordeal in prison

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has narrated his ordeal in prison.

The younger lawyer was incarcerated for a month in Akwa Ibom State on the order of the state Chief Decide, Ekaette Obot, who accused him of contempt after he had objected to the presence of two armed police operatives in the courtroom.

Mr Effiong, who described his expertise as “harrowing”, stated a feminine prison official who noticed when his beard and hair have been being scraped, instructed him, “Right here we deal with individuals like animals.”

He didn’t disclose the title of the feminine prison official however recognized one other official who tortured him as Enobong Philip, whom he stated is a “two star officer”.

Talking to over 500 viewers members on the Twitter area, an evening with @InibeheEffiong on Wednesday night, Mr Effiong stated Mr Philip compelled him to take a seat on the ground and scraped his beard and hair in opposition to his want.

Mr Effiong described the situation of Custodial Centres as “undeserving for human habitation”. “There’s nothing in the Correctional Service that corrects anyone,” he stated.

He stated he had the sensation that one thing would occur to him a day earlier than the decide dedicated him to prison, and that he instructed his pal, Omoyele Sowore about it.

He stated he couldn’t have believed he would spend the following 30 days in prison.

Mr Sowore is the presidential candidate of the African Motion Congress Celebration. Mr Effiong represented the candidate in a court docket in Lagos on 26 July.

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Inibehe Effiong
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Mr Effiong had spent the primary two weeks of his incarceration in the Ikot Ekpene Custodial Centre, and was later moved to Uyo Custodial Centre on 10 August the place spent the remaining days.

He was reportedly abused by Mr Philip, who handcuffed him and threw him contained in the prison car like “a typical felony”.

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Akwa Ibom, Richard Metong, denied prison officers tortured Mr Effiong. He stated the lawyer willingly allowed his hair and beard to be lower.

Talking on Wednesday night, Mr Effiong stated he by no means consented to his hair and beard being scraped. He stated he was planning some authorized actions.

‘I’ll proceed the case’

Mr Effiong was at Mrs Obot’s court docket to defend his consumer, Leo Ekpenyong, in a defamation case in which Governor Udom Emmanuel is the claimant.

The lawyer had in earlier proceedings requested Justice Obot to recuse herself from the case due to bias or chance of bias.

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“I’ll proceed the case in the court docket. I’m not going to desert the case as a result of I used to be sentenced,” Mr Effiong instructed his viewers, when requested if he would proceed with the case.

“Incarceration doesn’t silence a freedom fighter,” he added.

He vowed to reappear earlier than the chief decide on the matter if she doesn’t recuse herself in the case as requested by his pending software.

Justice Obot had in the conviction proceedings launched 48 hours after she was sued stated she wouldn’t proceed with the case after the court docket resumes from its present trip.

The decide has been criticised over the technique she employed in convicting the lawyer, which authorized practitioners stated lacked due course of.

Amnesty Worldwide Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Union, and the Nigerian Bar Affiliation had faulted the procedure adopted by Justice Obot in jailing the lawyer.

A number of teams had staged protests in Uyo in opposition to the lawyer’s incarceration.


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