Youths Protest Human Rights Lawyer’s Incarceration In Uyo

Youths Protest Human Rights Lawyer's Incarceration In Uyo

The continued incarceration of a human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong on the order of the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Obot, has been protested against by some youths in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Thursday.

Inibehe, who has spent 15 days in incarceration, is said to have been transferred to Uyo Correctional Centre from Ikot Ekpene correctional facility.

The CJ was reported to have sent Inibehe to prison on July 27 over what she described as “contemptuous and insulting behaviour in court.”

There have been condemnation by several Civil Society Organisations, lawyers and other members of the public against his incarceration, arguing that Inibehe was not given a fair hearing to defend himself, with a rights activist, Agba Jalingo, revealing 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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