NBA mounts pressure on Chief Justice to free Effiong from prison
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has heavily pressured the state Chief Judge, Justice Ekaette Obot, to free human rights activist Mr. Inibehe Effiong from jail captivity.
The NBA is on edge after the Chief Judge sentenced the lawyer to one month in jail for criminal contempt last week.
NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata, in a statement on his Facebook post, yesterday, said: “I have received positive feedback from the NBA 1st Vice President, Mr. John Martins, regarding our member, Inibehe Effiong, who was incarcerated this week on allegations of contempt of court.
“As I advised on Thursday, the NBA 1st Vice President was instructed to travel to Akwa Ibom State and leave no stone unturned in ensuring the release of Mr. Effiong.
“Mr. Aikpokpo Martins visited Inibehe at the Ikot Ekpene prisons in the company of the Chairman NBA Uyo branch and had assured me that Inibehe is in good spirits. He has my mandate to remain in Akwa Ibom State and continue to work toward securing Mr. Effiong’s release.”
“I have received positive feedback from the NBA 1st Vice President, Mr. John Martins, regarding our member, Inibehe Effiong, who was incarcerated this week on allegations of contempt of court,” NBA President Olumide Akpata stated in a Facebook post yesterday.
In addition, NBA Uyo Branch Chairman, Ememobong Udoh, stated that a high-powered delegation of elders, previous chairman, and officials would meet with the CJ in a desperate attempt to find a ‘diplomatic’ solution to the impasse.
“I am going to ask some elders, past NBA chairmen, and officers to go with me and also plead with the CJ. When I was in the office, some boys came with placards to the CJ office. Placards will not remove Inibehe from prison. Placards will only complicate the matter,” he said.
He stated that the NBA will not file an appeal since it would be a lengthy procedure to get him out of detention, as “the Appeal Court will be leaving on holiday and will return on September 30.” As a result, the issue cannot be heard until the Appeal Court returns, and a lawyer cannot remain that long.”
Udoh observed that neither the lawyer nor his agent had provided him with an official report on what occurred in court that fateful day.