A constitutional lawyer Femi Falana, SAN has condemned what he described as “brutal torture” inflicted on Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer jailed by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State.
Effiong last month was sentenced to one month imprisonment for contempt of court by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Ekaette Obot.
In a statement titled “Brutal Torture Meted Out To Inibehe Effiong by Nigerian Correctional Service Is Unacceptable”.
Falana said Effiong’s fundamental human rights had been violently violated and vowed to prosecute the officials who inflicted torture on the lawyer.
He maintained that “the egregious infringement of the fundamental right of Inibehe to the dignity of his person and fair hearing” shall be challenged in court.
He disclosed that the penalty for the offence of inflicting torture on any person in Nigeria is 25 years imprisonment without any option of fine.
Narrating the ordeals of the young lawyer in the custody of the correctional centre in Akwa Ibom State, Falana recalled that on July 27, 2022, the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Ekaette Ekaette Obot convicted and sentenced Inibehe Effiong to one month imprisonment for contempt of court in facie curiae.
However report says the Akwa Ibom Chief Judge did not give the counsel fair hearing before the conviction.
This to many legal minds is an infringement of the Constitutional rights of the counsel.