A professional group in Akwa Ibom State, the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum (USDMPF) has strongly warned against undue politicization and blackmailing of the Akwa Ibom state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ekaette Obot and Governor Udom Emmanuel in the recent discharge of judiciary responsibility of Her Lordship by mischief makers.

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In a strong-worded statement titled; “That ignoble attempt to blackmail governor Udom Emmanuel and denigrate the honourable chief judge of Akwa Ibom State“, signed by the group’s head, Publicity and strategic communication, Pastor Michael Okon, the group cautioned those meddling in a normal judicial procedure that led to the state chief judge committing Barr. Inibehe Effiong to a correctional facility for alleged contempt of court to desist from it.

According to the statement, “the USDMPF fully endorses this position of the NBA and accordingly warns those who are politicizing the matter to tarnish the image of the Honourable Chief Judge, Justice Ekaette Obot while claiming that she is being manipulated by His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel to punish Mr Effiong to forthwith desist from spreading such falsehood.

The statement further reads, “The facts remain that, the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo, the state capital presided over by the State Chief Judge ordered that, Inibehe Effiong be remanded in jail for one month over contemptuous and insulting behaviour in court.

“In giving the order, the courageous Justice Ekaette Obot stated that Effiong should use the correctional facility to purge himself of insolence and dishonourable acts that tend to bring the court to disrepute”.

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“It must be stressed that this decision came after several attempts to call the lawyer who is obviously derailed by youthful exuberance and failed to dissuade him from misbehaving in court.

The State Chief Judge should be commended for the lenient sentence and not blackmailed with unfounded conspiracy theories”.

The statement maintained that USDMPF reiterates her agreement to the fact as submitted by Barrister Clifford Thomas that, “respect must be accorded the courts. Applications by motions should be taken in line with extant procedures, and the Rules of courts should be followed, barring any powers of discretion of courts permitted by the Rules”.

The group called on the general public to be wary of crafty people who wish to make political capital out of this matter to blackmail Governor Udom Emmanuel who has absolutely nothing to do with the court’s decision or denigrate the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State for firmly discharging her lawful duty.







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