Inibehe Effiong sues Akwa Ibom chief judge

The incarcerated human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong has sued the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Ekaette Obot, over the her refusal to furnish him with his conviction order and copies of court proceedings, despite repeated applications.

The lawyer, on Monday, filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Uyo, praying the court to direct Justice Obot to furnish him with a copy of the 27 July judgment.

Mr Effiong also urged the court to declare as illegal and unconstitutional, the judge’s refusal to release the conviction order, as it violates Section 36 (7) of the 1999 Constitution as amended,

In a court document seen by PREMIUM TIMES, counsel to the plaintiff, Femi Falana, said Mr Effiong is entitled to a copy of the judgment within seven days of the conclusion of the case.

Mr Effiong was committed to prison on July 27 by Justice Obot, for alleged contempt of court.

He served the first two weeks of his 30 days sentence at the Ikot Ekpene Custodial Center of the Nigeria Correctional Service.

He was later transfered to Uyo Custodial Centre to serve the remaining days.

Mr Effiong was reportedly abused by prison officials who scraped his hair and beard.

The lawyer’s incarceration on the order of Justice Obot has attracted condemnations across the country.



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