Inibehe Effiong challenges judge to release CCTV footage of court proceedings » TheNewsBig

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has challenged the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Ekaette Obot, to release CCTV footage of what transpired in court on the day he was sentenced to jail for alleged contempt of court.

The judge, Mrs Obot, devoted Mr Effiong to one-month imprisonment on 27 July after the lawyer objected to the presence of two armed police operatives contained within the courtroom.

Justice Obot, throughout the doc of proceedings she launched simply currently, claimed that the youthful lawyer pointed his arms at her and likewise banged at a desk all through the listening to of a defamation swimsuit, by means of which Mr Effiong was the defendant’s counsel.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, is the plaintiff throughout the swimsuit.

Nonetheless Mr Effiong has denied Justice Obot’s declare.

“I’m using this opportunity to publicly urge and enchantment to My Lord the Honourable Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, My Lord the Honourable Justice Ekaette Fabian Obot to please, release the CCTV digicam of that day.

“Because of this of I’m knowledgeable, I’m aware to the proper of my knowledge that there’s CCTV inside that courtroom, My Lord the Chief Judge’s court. Let all attorneys in Nigeria see when Inibehe pointed on the Honourable Chief Judge. Enable them to moreover see when Inibehe banged on the desk,” Mr Effiong talked about on Friday to reporters immediately after he was launched from Uyo jail.

“Even once I used to be basically probably the most insolent lawyer in Nigeria, you wouldn’t have to scandalise my title and attribute to me a conduct that in no way befell in court merely to justify what’s clearly unjustifiable,” the lawyer talked about.

Minutes sooner than Justice Obot sentenced Mr Effiong to jail, she had ordered a PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter, Saviour Imukudo, out of her court for doing an audio recording of the proceedings “with out the court’s permission”.

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The reporter was detained and his cellphone confiscated by a police operative on the order of Justice Obot. He was later launched and his cellphone handed over to him after the judge compelled him to delete the recording.

Mr Effiong narrated what occurred throughout the court on that day.

“I used to be about to start my cross examination and I turned once more, as soon as extra I observed two armed policemen with AK47, one to my correct, one to my left. This had created rather a lot hostility and I discussed My Lord, I’ve moreover observed the presence of two armed policemen in court.

“I discussed, My Lord, although I’m ordinarily not intimidated by their presence nonetheless by their being proper right here with arms, seated behind me, they’ve created hostility throughout the court, which has made it uncomfortable for me and difficult for me to proceed with the proceedings and I pleaded with the court to excuse them. My Lord didn’t accept our plea.

“As soon as extra, probably that was my offence. I didn’t give up consequently of I’ve an obligation as a lawyer to defend the course of justice.

“I discussed, My Lord, respectfully, I’m now making it as a correct software program by means of which case Your Lordship would have to render a name. I discussed, nonetheless, if Your Lordship overrules me, I’d be certain by the order of the court and I’d proceed with my cross-examination.

“At the moment, My Lord picked up a pen, My Lord started writing. You notice, as a lawyer, when you end up addressing the court and the court is writing, you’re excited that the court is taking observe of what you’re saying. I believed My Lord was writing what I used to be saying, not realizing it was my committal order to jail.

“The next issue I heard was, ‘You there, step out of the bar’.

“I stepped out of the bar. I didn’t fight. After which My Lord talked about, derobe your self and I want to moreover say as soon as extra I didn’t derobe immediately. I want to place the doc because it’s consequently of I can’t derobe as a lawyer in court if I don’t know the rationale I ought to derobe. It’s like taking away my Title-to-Bar certificates. I discussed, My Lord, if I derobe I can not deal with the court as a counsel. My Lord talked about ‘you’re not a lawyer, I not recognise you consequently of I’m sending you to jail’.

“I didn’t think about it. The next issue My Lord did was to be taught what My Lord had already written, ‘You’re hereby sentenced to one month imprisonment, to be remanded on the Correction Centre until you purge your self of contempt’.

“After which I eradicated my wig. My Lord ordered the two armed policemen, ‘Keep him, keep him. Be sure that he doesn’t go away. Keep him, make certain that he doesn’t escape’.

“And I knowledgeable the policemen, even once I escape, people exterior will know that I’m the one which’s working. The place will I run to? The place in Akwa Ibom will I disguise?”

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