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Akwa Ibom Jailed Lawyer: Falana, Others Sue Chief Justice Over Rights of Lawyer

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An originating summons has been submitted to the Federal High Court in Uyo, AKwa Ibom, by a group of attorneys led by human rights advocate Femi Falana (SAN) in an effort to uphold the fundamental human rights of Inihebe Effiong, a detained activist lawyer.

Justice Ekaette Obot, the chief judge of Akwa Ibom State, had sentenced Effiong to one month in prison for contempt of court on July 27, 2022.

A copy of the judgment rendered on July 27, 2022, is what the applicant is requesting in the lawsuit with the case number FHC/117/FHR/170/22, which was filed on August 15 along with an application for an accelerated hearing against Justice Obot, the only defendant.

Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), John Aikpokpo-Martins, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Monday Ubani, Olakunle Edun, and Funmi Falana are additional attorneys who are assisting the application.

Others include Taiwo Olawanle, Joseph Eleh, Nsikak Akai, Augustine Asuquo, S.M. Oyeghe, E.E. Phillips, and Femi Aborishade.

In his plea, Effiong asks the court to rule that he is entitled to a copy of the ruling from the defendant-presided Akwa lbom State High Court, which sentenced him to prison on July 27.

The applicant further asked the court to declare that the respondent’s refusal to provide him with a copy of the judgment since July 27 despite several requests is illegal and unjustifiable.

The relief was requested on three grounds, including, among others, the respondent’s denial of the applicant’s (applicant’s) right to a fair hearing as guaranteed by Section 36 of the Constitution and his (applicant’s) right to appeal the decision.

The secretary in Effiong’s chambers, Miss Aniema Akpan, submitted a five-paragraph affidavit in which she testified that the respondent had violated the applicant’s fundamental right to a fair trial by refusing to give him a copy of the judgment 14 days after his conviction despite his request for one on July 29.

The affidavit stated that the respondent found the applicant guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to one year in prison while the applicant was representing Leo Ekpenyong in a libel case brought by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom in suit number HU/279/2019.

The application hearing date has not been set.

 

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Wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor Launches GIFA Project to Enhance Lives

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Pastor Patience Umo Eno, the wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has unveiled the Golden Initiative For All (GIFA), a pet project aimed at improving the lives of various segments of society.

At the launch event held at Ibom Hall in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the First Lady outlined eight thematic areas of focus for GIFA, including maternal and child healthcare, literacy and learning, environmental health, women empowerment, disease prevention, care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and gender-based violence prevention and response.

Expressing her vision for GIFA, Pastor Patience Umo Eno emphasized the project’s commitment to creating a society characterized by happy, healthy, educated, successful, and sustainable families. She extended her gratitude to individuals and organizations that have partnered with GIFA and called for further support from relevant bodies to advance the project’s objectives.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, praised his wife’s humanitarian efforts and described GIFA as a platform that would extend her blessings to a broader spectrum of people and families. He commended her dedication and compassion, expressing confidence that GIFA would leave a lasting impact on countless lives.

Dr. Uduakobong Inam, the Economic Adviser to the Governor, highlighted GIFA as a sustainability platform designed to foster human and capacity development in the state. He reiterated the project’s goal of enhancing the well-being of families and individuals through life-transforming programs.

Several dignitaries, including the wives of past and present governors from various states, lauded Pastor Patience Umo Eno’s vision and commitment to improving the lives of Akwa Ibom residents through GIFA. They commended the project’s alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its contribution to creating a more equitable society.

The event, attended by government officials, industry leaders, donor agencies, and other stakeholders, witnessed generous donations towards supporting the GIFA project’s initiatives.

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World Leprosy Day: Akwa Ibom State Government Pledges Support for Leprosy Patients

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As the world observed the 2024 World Leprosy Day, the Akwa Ibom State Government condemned the stigmatization of leprosy patients and reiterated its commitment to increasing support for the leprosy hospital in the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Ini Ememobong, delivered this message over the weekend during the celebration held at Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital Chapel in Ekpene Obom, Etinan Council.

Ememobong, speaking as the Special Guest of Honour, emphasized that issues concerning leprosy patients and the hospital facility are taken seriously by the state government, affirming that these individuals should never be marginalized or neglected. He commended the theme of this year’s celebration, “End Stigma, Embrace Dignity,” stressing that leprosy patients deserve love, care, and respect as fellow creations of God.

Represented by the Director of Public Relations in the Ministry, Mrs. Grace Akpan, Ememobong reiterated his passion for supporting leprosy patients, highlighting previous empowerment efforts and presenting a purse towards the welfare of the inmates during the event. He expressed gratitude to the Management and Board of Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Ekpene Obom, and urged public-spirited individuals to contribute to the facility’s growth and the well-being of its inmates.

The Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Charles Ekanem, and the hospital’s board Chairman, Dr. Okon J. Emah, outlined the facility’s challenges, including poor security, inadequate funds, and a lack of partnerships with relevant agencies. They called for generous donations to address these issues and improve inmate welfare.

Transition Caretaker Committee Chairman of Etinan Local Government Area, Uko Umoh, pledged to address the hospital’s security challenges and donated generously towards its growth. Other dignitaries, including the member representing Etinan in the State House of Assembly and the SA to the Governor on People Living with Disabilities, also made goodwill messages and donations.

The event, featuring drama sketches by inmates of the Leprosy Hospital, was attended by representatives of Qua Iboe Church National Conference, NGOs, and local community leaders, underscoring the importance of collective efforts to support and uplift leprosy patients in Akwa Ibom State.

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BRACED Commission: South-South Governors Converge in Edo State to Foster Regional Integration, Economic Cooperation

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is set to host the governors of the South-south States, including Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, and Delta, on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

The meeting, organized under the auspices of the BRACED Commission, aims to enhance economic cooperation and regional integration among the South-south States.

The BRACED Commission, established in 2010, focuses on promoting collective economic development, knowledge sharing, and peer review mechanisms.

Governor Obaseki, as the chairman of the BRACED Commission Governors’ Council, will lead discussions on reviving and strengthening the commission for the benefit of the region. The meeting will address critical issues, including regional security and the pursuit of common economic goals, with a communique expected at its conclusion.

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