The Chief Judge of Akwa Akwa Ibom ordered a Premium Times reporter to leave the court. I said my lord, we were thinking that since the proceeding is public, that members of the public should be allowed to observe the proceeding. My Lord asked me to proceed with cross examination.
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I obeyed. I informed the court that I was not feeling comfortable and safe having two armed mobile policemen seated inside the courtroom, that it was strange and that I felt unsafe. I applied for the judge to excuse the armed policemen from the courtroom.
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The Hon. Chief Judge then ordered me to step out of the Bar, that she was sending me to prison. She then ordered the policemen to take me to Uyo prison. And that I should be in jail for one month. I am waiting inside the courtroom for them to bring the conviction warrant.
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I will be going to the Uyo Correctional Centre now. I have not done anything. I wasn’t even opportunity to say anything before the “conviction”. Two lawyers in court appealed to the Hon. Chief Judge but my Lord insisted that I must be jailed.

Jul 27, 2022 · 9:54 AM UTC · Twitter for iPhone

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This is in the suit filed by Governor Udom Emmanuel against a lawyer, Leo Ekpenyong, for alleged defamation.
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Replying to @InibeheEffiong
Sad. My Lord didn't do well this time. Maybe a well thought out plan to silence you for some time. It won't work. You are the voice of the voiceless. Be of good cheer. We will visit you at the correctional centre.
Replying to @InibeheEffiong
I thought charges are suppose to be brought against you for defense first? Can a judge just arbitrarily sentence anyone to jail? What part of the constitution gives judges this barbaric privilege without defence?
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Yes they can. They hold arbitrary powers. If a Judge is driving through a street sees you urinating indiscriminately on the street, s/he can have you imprisoned for such act. The instrument to carry out the arrest and incarceration is another thing.
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Replying to @InibeheEffiong
Tell me it’s a joke right🤦‍♂️
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Replying to @InibeheEffiong
You will pass. You will surely pass through this.
Replying to @InibeheEffiong
Omg. I'm so sorry. This country is a jungle. Every single sector is a mess!
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Nah, this is so unfair. Someone doing their job??
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Replying to @InibeheEffiong
They didn't even charge you for any offense, just go straight to prison. This country is funny sha🤔
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My brother, dem plan this thing from beginning. Their papa! 😡
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