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UPDATE:A/Ibom CJ remands rights lawyer over alleged unruly behaviour

An Akwa Ibom State High Court has ordered a lawyer and rights activist Inibehe Effiong to be remanded in jail for one month over alleged unruly behaviour in court.

Justice Ekaette Obot ordered that Effiong use the correctional facility to purge himself of insolence and dishonorable acts that tend to bring the court to disrepute.

The Court on Wednesday sat in the case of libel instituted by the Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel against Mr Leo Ekpenyong.

Wednesday was the last day for the prosecution to end its case.

Effiong, who was the lead defence counsel for Ekpenyong, the accused, had asked the State Chief judge to recuse herself from handling the case alleging bias.

Speaking on the decision of the court, Counsel to Governor Emmanuel, Samuel Ikpo said he was shocked that a lawyer could utter such damning and profane utterances against a judge.

“I believe that when he comes out of the correctional facility, he will learn how to conduct himself before a court.

He wondered why Inibehe could disobey an order given to him by the judge, who asked him to take off his wig and step aside from the bar and he choose to remain obstinate.

“A lawyer should not allow himself to use one client to destroy his reputation before all the judges.

“I think Justice Obot has really been patient with him all these while,even as a lawyer, I could not tolerate the young lawyer’s conduct,” Ikpo stated.

Culled from The Nation