Detained lawyer sues Akwa Ibom CJ

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

The human rights lawyer 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.

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

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In a court document made available to The PUNCH by the counsel to the plaintiff, Femi Falana, it was noted that Effiong was entitled to a copy of the judgment within seven days of the conclusion of the case.

The PUNCH reports that Effiong was remanded in 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 transferred to Uyo Custodial Centre to serve the remaining days.

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