Inibehe Effiong, a human rights attorney, just left the Uyo Correctional Center.
One month after being imprisoned for contempt of court by Akwa Ibom Chief Judge Ekaette Obot, Inibehe was released.
An army of admirers was seen giving him a spectacular welcoming march.
Friday morning, the attorney uploaded a video to his Facebook page with the statement, “History will vindicate the just.”
According to earlier reports by Stechitegist Media, Inibehe was committed to prison on July 27.
He completed the first two weeks of his 30-day term at the Nigeria Correctional Service’s Ikot Ekpene Custodial Center.
Later, he was moved to the Uyo Custodial Center where he completed the remaining days.
According to reports, Effiong was mistreated by jail guards who pulled his beard and hair.
The attorney had shaved his beard as of Friday.
“I’m back, stronger and more motivated than ever to fight the forces of injustice and to keep telling the oppressors of our people the brutal truth. In another post, he continued, “I feel bad for those who thought they could shatter my spirit by locking me up.
Since then, his imprisonment has drawn harsh condemnation from activists, attorneys, and other parties for what they claimed was the judge’s inability to allow Inibehe a fair trial or the opportunity to present his own defense.
Uko Udom, the state’s attorney general, had previously asserted that the judge had the authority to determine whether or not there had been contempt.
This was said by Udom on Tuesday in Lagos at the Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual General Meeting.
Udom declared, “I am a very conservative lawyer and have no remorse for that. I was someone who was schooled in the old school. We were instructed not to respond to the judge in any way. If a judge deems your behavior, your action, or your words to be disrespectful toward the court, you must first apologize and then explain to the court that this was not your goal. It might interest you to read Monarch flees as hoodlum raids palace in Lagos
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