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Falana to sue prison officials for torturing lawyer

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has vowed to sue prison officials for allegedly torturing lawyer, Inibehe Effiong.

Effiong, an activist and lawyer, is serving a one-month prison sentence for contempt of court after asking the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, Ekaette Obot, to recuse herself from a case he is handling.

In a statement on Thursday titled, “Brutal Torture Meted out to Inibehe Effiong by Nigerian Correctional Service is Unacceptable”, Falana said the chief judge had refused to provide Effiong with the certified true copies of the judgment, therefore, delaying his appeal process.

He said the warrant signed by the judge directed that Effiong be held in Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre, Akwa Ibom throughout the duration of his prison term but the order of the court was secretly varied on Thursday as Effiong was forcefully transferred to Uyo Correctional Centre in handcuffs even though there was no violence on his part.

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has vowed to sue prison officials for allegedly torturing lawyer, Inibehe Effiong.

Effiong, an activist and lawyer, is serving a one-month prison sentence for contempt of court after asking the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, Ekaette Obot, to recuse herself from a case he is handling.

In a statement on Thursday titled, “Brutal Torture Meted out to Inibehe Effiong by Nigerian Correctional Service is Unacceptable”, Falana said the chief judge had refused to provide Effiong with the certified true copies of the judgment, therefore, delaying his appeal process.

He said the warrant signed by the judge directed that Effiong be held in Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre, Akwa Ibom throughout the duration of his prison term but the order of the court was secretly varied on Thursday as Effiong was forcefully transferred to Uyo Correctional Centre in handcuffs even though there was no violence on his part.

Falana said it is painful to note that the unprovoked violence unleashed on Effiong is a sad reminder of the case of Minere Amakiri, then a reporter with Nigerian Observer, the old Bendel State-owned newspaper whose head was shaved with a broken bottle in 1973 on the orders of Alfred Diette-Spiff, the then military governor of the state.

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