Human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong has just been released from Uyo Correctional Centre.
Inibehe came out a month after he was sent to prison for contempt of court by Akwa Ibom Chief Magistrate Ekaette Obot.
A group of supporters gave him a heroic welcome march.
The lawyer, who posted a video on Facebook on Friday morning, captioned it “History will vindicate the righteous”. Human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong has just been released from Uyo Correctional Centre.
He served the first two weeks of his 30-day sentence at the Ikot Ekpene Custodial Centre of the Nigeria Correctional Service.
He was later transferred to Uyo Custodial Centre to serve the remaining days.
Effiong was reportedly ill-treated by prison officials who shaved off his hair and beard.
As seen on Friday, the lawyer’s beard had been shaved.
His detention has since been criticised by fellow lawyers and activists who lamented the judge’s failure to give Inibehe a fair hearing or to defend himself.
Meanwhile, the state’s Attorney General, Uko Udom, had said the judge had the power to rule on contempt.
Udom stated this at the annual general meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos on Tuesday.
Udom said, “I am someone who was trained in the old school, I am a very conservative lawyer and I make no apology for that. We were told not to contradict the judge. If a judge says your conduct, actions or words are in contempt of court, you must apologise as a lawyer and explain to the court that it was never your intention to be in contempt of court.”
Inibehe was defending Leo Ekpenyong in a defamation case allegedly brought against his client by the State governor Udom Emmanuel.