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Public Interest and Human Rights Lawyer | Enemy of Oppressors | Activist | I am committed to ending corruption and injustice. HISTORY WILL VINDICATE THE JUST.
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Jul 27 4 tweets 1 min read
The moment My Lord entered the Courtroom, His Lordship ordered the orderly attached to the court to go out and bring the armed policemen inside the courtroom. I started feeling that there was going to be trouble. After the Premium Times reporter was sent out, I raised the issue. I applied to the Court to ask the armed policemen with AK47 to leave the courtroom, that it was not proper and that I felt extremely unsafe and uncomfortable. My Lord then started writing, I thought it was going to be a ruling on my application to excuse the officers.
Jul 27 5 tweets 1 min read
The Chief Judge of Akwa Akwa Ibom ordered a Premium Times reporter to leave the court. I said my lord, we were thinking that since the proceeding is public, that members of the public should be allowed to observe the proceeding. My Lord asked me to proceed with cross examination. I obeyed. I informed the court that I was not feeling comfortable and safe having two armed mobile policemen seated inside the courtroom, that it was strange and that I felt unsafe. I applied for the judge to excuse the armed policemen from the courtroom.
Jul 24 4 tweets 1 min read
The video of terrorists torturing kidnapped Kaduna train victims is heart wrenching. Why are people still supporting Buhari and his murderous regime?

Why? When will we say that we have had it enough as a people? Section 14 of the Constitution says that security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. This means that a government that fails in security has failed in everything.
Jun 18 12 tweets 2 min read
The concept of a “place holder” that some presidential candidates are resorting to is unknown to the Constitution and the Electoral Act. When a name is submitted to INEC, the name’s bearer automatically and legally becomes the vice presidential candidate of the party simpliciter. However, Section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2022 allows for withdrawal of candidacy. Unlike the position under the repealed 2010 Electoral Act where parties were allowed to substitute for “cogent and verifiable” reason, the new Act prohibits substitution; subject to two exceptions.
May 6 4 tweets 1 min read
@Princemoye1,

Good morning Sir, today is the sixth day that the sick mother, brother and sister of my client have been detained by the Abia State Police Command in lieu of my client over a purely civil matter bothering on surrogacy and child custody. They’re acting illegally. Last night, you claimed publicly that my statement wasn’t true. You later said that it is INTERPOL, and not the CP Abia that arrested them.

FALSE!

You subsequently said that you will give further details today.

Nigerians will like to know what part of my statement was false.
May 5 20 tweets 4 min read
PRESS RELEASE

ABIA POLICE COMMISSIONER GOES ON RAMPAGE, ILLEGALLY ARREST FAMILY MEMBERS OF SURROGATE MOTHER, VOWS NOT TO RELEASE THEM UNTIL SET OF TWINS ARE HANDED OVER TO NIGERIAN/AMERICAN COUPLE

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, heavily armed policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Abia State Police Command acting on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police, Abia State went on rampage and arrested family members of Ms. Gift Chinyere Solomon (our client), a surrogate mother of a set of male twins, and took them into their custody after they
Apr 4 33 tweets 6 min read
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS STATEMENT BY INIBEHE EFFIONG, ESQ. ON SINISTER EFFORTS BY A NIGERIAN/AMERICAN COUPLE IN CONCERT WITH THE NIGERIA POLICE AND INTERPOL TO ILLEGALLY AND FORCEFULLY SEIZE A SET OF TWINS WHICH THEY HAD ABANDONED FROM THEIR SURROGATE MOTHER I am compelled by extreme urgency, to alert the Nigerian Government, the Inspector General of Police, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the American Embassy in Nigeria, the media, international community and the general public about the ongoing sinister efforts by a Nigerian
Mar 29 4 tweets 1 min read
Iyabo Awokoya mocked Chinelo and you’re surprised?

She’s wicked, vicious, heartless and selfish. This is someone who should be telling her grandchildren (if she has any) to be responsible, but she’s dancing naked on Twitter. I had the misfortune of meeting this woman physically. She was clownish enough to believe she could intimidate me with her husband because of the police. Her husband asked me to introduce myself to him in the office of the DCP at Panti. I bluntly refused. Altercation ensued. Some corrupt policemen thought they could make me yield.
Mar 29 6 tweets 1 min read
It is baffling that some Nigerians are still pretending not to know that the main problem of this country at the moment is Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). As long as Buhari remains in power, the killing, carnage and worsening economic situation will not end. In the last horrendous seven years, President Buhari has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is totally incompetent, irredeemable, disinterested, disconnected and grossly pathetic in leadership.
Mar 27 4 tweets 1 min read
A political party that claims to be progressive is using threats and intimidation to force people to step down from their aspirations at their kangaroo Convention in the name of consensus. I have seen at least three aspirants crying because they were forced to step down from aspiring for positions of National Youth Leader, National Welfare Secretary and National Women Leader respectively.
Mar 26 7 tweets 2 min read
Have you seen that most of the names on the APC “Unity List” are long time and some founding members of PDP? From the new National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, to Deputy National Chairman, Ken Nnamani, to National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, they are largely from the PDP bloodline. Some of them have been accused of corruption at one point or the other.

Tomorrow , they will say that the APC is different from PDP or that the PDP is different from the APC.
Mar 25 4 tweets 1 min read
The youngest Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State is my learned friend, Ini Ememobong. He is 38 years old.

Correct me if I am wrong.

Constitutionally, the qualifying age for appointment as a Commissioner in a State in Nigeria is 25 years. In the last seven years, Udom Emmanuel has not found a single person under 35 years that is good enough to be appointed to head a Ministry.

All that young people get in his government is media aides and SA on Projects Monitoring (I wonder where they see projects to monitor).
Mar 3 4 tweets 1 min read
The extradition application filed by the Attorney General of the Federation for Abba Kyari to be extradited to the US is a welcome development. Now that the FG has taken this step, NDLEA has to stay action on the drug related charges against Kyari. That’s the implication. Investigation by the NDLEA can continue while the extradition application is litigated. But it will be counter productive for the NDLEA to proceed to file charges against Kyari during the pendency of the extradition application. That will make nonsense of the entire process.
Jan 27 9 tweets 2 min read
Dear Nigerians, there's no place in law for spouses to just "sign divorce papers" and end their marriage, and walk away. It is a legal fiction popularized by Nollywood. Every divorce case MUST go through trial process. Oral evidence must be given before a marriage is dissolved. Divorce cannot be granted by consent of parties. This is based on public policy and the need to uphold the sanctity of marriage. However, ancillary reliefs like custody of children and settlement of properties can be settled out of court and resolved by consent of parties.
Jan 14 7 tweets 1 min read
In 2019, I took a round trip flight from Lagos State to Akwa Ibom to vote for Omoyele Sowore for President. As a matter of fact, Sowore was the only candidate that I voted for during the last elections. I am happy that I gave him my vote. I have no regrets. In 2023, I will either vote my conscience or not vote at all. But what I will not do is to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea.
Jan 14 4 tweets 1 min read
Those who defended the evil suspension of Twitter because they wanted Twitter to have an office in Nigeria, pay taxes and meet other conditions imposed by the Buhari regime, should tell us where Twitter's office is located and the tax paid by Twitter before the ban was lifted. A country that's led by leaders with no decency or respect for the truth can never fulfill her full potentials. The Twitter ban was never about those conditions. It was about the bruised ego of a despotic and failed regime that couldn't take rebuke of their incompetent arrowhead.
Jan 13 5 tweets 1 min read
The lifting of the ban on Twitter does not call for celebration. It calls for retribution by the sane, conscious and conscientious electorates during the next elections.

As Nigerians, we must imbibe the culture of punishing parties and office holders who inflict pains on us. A regime/party that stifles free speech, promotes draconian policies and suffocates citizens should be dealt with at the polls by citizens. That is how we are going to build an accountable and a viable democratic country with the rule of law. Buhari's regime shouldn't be praised.
Oct 17, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
This is the latest example of the religious lunacy pervading Akwa Ibom State that I have been talking about.

Are we cursed in Akwa Ibom State? It will not be well with the charlatans that organized this charade for abusing these innocent children for partisan gain. It will not be well with them.

Can you imagine the madness?

What is Akwa Ibom Children Prayer Network?
Oct 17, 2021 12 tweets 2 min read
Your pastor cannot go out without heavily armed policemen, some even move around with military escorts and SSS operatives. You dare not get close to them without strict security search and compliance with their protocol team. But they sell stickers with their faces to you and tell you to put them on your cars and doors as a solution to the insecurity that is ravaging the country. The stickers does not work for them, but you believe that it will work for you.

God is not mocked.
Oct 16, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
There is an ongoing deliberate and likely sponsored campaign of propaganda and lies meant to discredit agitations by citizens for a better country.

The imbecilic views that agents of government are expressing in their desperation to stop the #EndSARS memorial is astonishing. This tweet is an example of what I'm talking about. To the unsuspecting, the author of this tweet is intelligent, but any good student of history will easily decipher the mendacity and frivolity in it.
Oct 7, 2021 23 tweets 4 min read
ARREST OF CHIWETALU AGU IS ILLEGAL AND UNCONSCIONABLE

By Inibehe Effiong

The harassment and arrest of celebrated Nollywood actor, Mr. Chiwetalu Agu, on Thursday, 7th October, 2021 by the Nigerian Army is illegal, unconscionable and unwarranted. The actor has not committed any criminal offence known to law. The Nigerian Army should stop ridiculing itself before the international community.