Barr. Inibehe Effiong, holding the Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ and a Bible during his psot -incarceration interaction with journalists in Uyo.

Abasifreke Effiong

Inibehe Effiong, a human right lawyer who was committed to one month in prison on alleged contempt was released amidst tight security on Friday 26th August at about

Effiong who was committed to prison by the Akwa Ibom State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ekaette Obot, was released from the Uyo Correctional Center at about 9a.m.

Five police vehicles, all filled with police officer were stationed outside the custodial center along Wellington Bassey way Uyo where Effiong was received by a crowd of civil society actors, media organisations and friends.

Dressed in his legal attire, Effiong came out of Correctional Center holding the Holy Bible and Nelson Mandela’s book, “Long Walk to Freedom.”

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In an interaction with the press, Effiong said the Bible and Mandela’s book were his companion throughout the period of his incarceration.

The Nigerian Bar Association, human right lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana SAN, had said the human right lawyer was not given opportunity to make a plea or allowed fair hearing before his committal by the Chief Judge.

A group of lawyers led by Mr. Falana has filed an appeal against Mr Effiong’s committal.

The human right lawyer insisted that he did disrespect the Court as alleged.

However, he has urged the Hon. Chief Judge to release the CCTV recording of court the proceedings leading to his committal.

Mr. Inibehe Effiong said while in the Correctional Center, he has secured the release of 17 inmates.