Arbitrary Sentencing of Inibehe Effiong Esq. by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State

Arbitrary Sentencing of Inibehe Effiong Esq. by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State

The Arbitrary Sentencing of Inibehe Effiong Esq. by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State: An Abuse of Judicial power.

By A.D. Rotimi George Esq. MICA
The Nigerian Bar on the 27th of July, 2020 receives with great shock the news of the sentencing of one of her own, in the person of Inibehe Effiong Esq. to one month imprisonment by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State.
Inibehe Effiong who had gone to represent his client in a libel suit filed by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State was greeted with heavily armed security even in court. His only offence was that he made an application to the judge to excuse the armed law enforcement Agents as he didn’t feel comfortable with their presence in court.
Consequent on his application, the judge ordered that he be incarcerated for a month.
The actions of the judge is highly berated and condemnable as it constitutes a gross abuse of Judicial powers and an exhibition of Judicial rascality.
We submit without equivocation that, The role of the bar and the bench is to administer justice, and, Justice cannot be said to be done in the absence of such synergy.
Going forward, we use this medium to call on all stakeholders to prevail on the current situation and ensure that Inibehe Effiong Esq. regains his freedom so as to continue to discharge his professional duties to his clients without fear.
A.D. ROTIMI GEORGE ESQ. MICA
NBA Secretary
Bukuru branch.

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One Response

  1. This is not a balanced opinion. I appreciate that members of the bar are standing up for their own but the reaction should not be based on a one sided biased story.

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