Correctional Service Officials Allegedly Torture, Assault Jailed Lawyer Inibehe Effiong


Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, on Thursday via a tweet alleges that the correctional service in Uyo assulted and tortured detained Lawyer, Inibehe Effiong. In a tweet, Odinkalu wrote:

“Breaking: Officers of @CorrectionsNg at the Uyo Prison in Akwa Ibom State, SS #Nigeria, overnight reportedly assaulted & tortured @inibeheeffiong, using blunt instruments to shave his beards, & injuring him in the process. Inibehe’s personal safety is now clearly in jeopardy,” the tweet read.

Mr Effiong was committed to prison on July 27 for alleged contempt by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Ekaette Obot. His conviction was marred with what public intellectuals and civil society organisations including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have described as judicial malpractice and abuse of office.

He was initially held at Ekot Ekpene Medium Security Custodial Center where he had served two weeks out of his sentence before he was secretly moved to Uyo Maximum Security Custodial Center on Wednesday morning for reasons undisclosed.


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