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General News of Wednesday, 27 July 2022


Uyo prison rejects human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong says he was turned down by the Uyo prison due to the covid protocol observed at the facility.

This comes after he was handed a one-month prison sentence by Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Ekaette Obot.

He wrote in a tweet: "They’re saying that I can’t be jailed in Uyo prison because of COVID protocol, that I have to be in Ikot Ekpene prison. Uyo prison has rejected me. We are going back to the court now for His Lordship to determine where I should be jailed. History will vindicate the just."

The news of Effiong's sentences was made public in an update on his WhatsApp status around 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, Premium Times reports.

According to reports, he was handed the sentence defending his client, Ekpenyong, in the libel filed against him by the governor.

He shared the circumstances leading to his incarceration on his official Twitter page.

“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, members of the public should be allowed to observe the proceeding. My Lord asked me to proceed with cross-examination.“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," he tweeted.


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