The Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) has damaged its silence over the imprisonment of standard lawyer, Inibehe Effiong by the Akwa Ibom Chief Choose, Justice Ekaette Obot.
Olumide Akpata, President of the NBA on Thursday July 28, stated he has been in contact with the Chairman of the NBA Uyo Department, who has mobilised his group to look into and handle the problem.
We had earlier reported that Effiong alleged that he was sentenced to at least one month in jail after he requested the Chief Choose to take away the armed policemen within the court docket room.
Expressing hope of Mr. Effiong regaining his freedom shortly, Akpata added that they “will ontinue to resist all attempts to intimidate, threaten or harass our members while properly carrying out their professional responsibilities.”
The assertion learn;
“I obtained with nice concern the information of the detention of considered one of our members, Inibehe Effiong, at a jail in Akwa Ibom State, on account of what transpired throughout proceedings within the court docket of the Chief Choose of Akwa Ibom State.
“Since receiving this information, I’ve been in contact with the Chairman of the NBA Uyo Department, who has mobilised his group to look into and handle this. This morning, I’ve additionally mandated the NBA 1st Vice President to go to Uyo instantly to affix the continued efforts and make sure the launch of Mr. Effiong.
“The NBA is, due to this fact, on prime of this, and I’m assured that Mr. Effiong will regain his freedom shortly.
“Whereas not going into the deserves of this specific matter but, suffice it to say that the NBA is strongly against, and can proceed to withstand all makes an attempt to intimidate, threaten or harass our members whereas correctly finishing up their skilled tasks.
“The NBA will also not condone acts of indiscipline and insubordination against judicial officers from our members no matter the provocation. Ours is a rule-based profession and there is a procedure for airing grievances. The NBA 1st Vice President will also conduct fact finding investigation to determine what transpired and recommend next steps.”