An African Church cleric in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Reverend Richard Peters described as laughable the recent protest and continued criticism by the Chief Justice of Akwa Ibom State over the month’s imprisonment of Barr. Inibehe Effiong for contemptuous behavior in court.
Cleric, who is also a renowned social critic and advocate for good governance, in a press release made available to reporters in Uyo on Sunday, said that after impartial investigations, he is of the opinion that the judge in Chief not only did the right thing, but restored the sanctity. and common sense of the court.
According to him, “Being a lawyer or social critic no longer confers immunity from prosecution or imprisonment when they go against the laws of the land and people take to the streets to protest against a legal judgment of a competent court rather than going for appeal are on wild geese hunting.
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“Again, I must say that those who have criticized the Chief Justice’s action are simply guided by sentiment and have unfortunately failed to take a critical and superficial look at the young lawyer’s behavioral disposition over time with his attitude towards fellow scholars and Judges, especially the Chief Justice since he took over the Leo Ekpeyong case.
Reverend Peters, who called the continued delay in the defamation suit brought against Bar Leo Ekpeyong by Governor Udom Emmanuel regrettable, urged those who were heating up Akwa Ibom’s politics to stay away and allow the peace to reign and the law to take its course.
According to the statement, “The peaceful and tolerant disposition of Governor Udom Emmanuel has propelled all manner of insidious and slanderous campaigns against his person and his government.
“For example, the allegation that the governor is ordering the security crackdown on dissenting voices is highly unfounded and rather laughable.”
The cleric who described Governor Emmanuel as a transparent and accommodating leader pointed out that his unbiased liberal politics could have explained why a lawyer, Leo Ekpenyong, would flout caution and go out of his way to attack the personality of the governor , accusing him of bribing certain judges to obtain a judgment in 2019 in favor of Senator Chris Ekpenyong who defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio in the 2019 Senate elections.
The statement further pointed out, “It is quite sad and embarrassing that convicted lawyer Inibehe Effiong’s plot, using outdated tactics to delay justice in the defamation lawsuit against Barr Leo Ekpenyong, can receive the signatures of 13 lawyers under the guise of suing the Chief Justice of Akwa Ibom State, Her Lordship, Judge Ekaette Obot on a purely administrative request.
“Personally, I don’t think Femi Falana and his co-lawyers mean well for lawyer Inibehe Effiong. Otherwise, they would have been more concerned with teaching him how the court works outside of social media as a mentor and would also have taught him that it is legally and morally wrong to dare a legitimate court presided over by a Chief Justice of the ‘State with rude words.
Reverend Peters said it is still beyond his imagination as to why lawyers led by Falana, SAN chose to sue Akwa Ibom State Chief Justice for judgment from a competent court rather than to activate their right to appeal the judgment.
“I am moved to ask if judges in other parts of the country are generally prosecuted for rendering judgments when they are not in favor of a certain party, or is Akwa Ibom State the guinea pig for false precedents.