Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong has revealed that he was tortured in prison.
He made the revelation on Wednesday.
The young lawyer was incarcerated for a month in Akwa Ibom State on the order of the state Chief Judge, Ekaette Obot, who accused him of contempt after he had objected to the presence of two armed police operatives in the courtroom.
Mr Effiong, who described his experience as “harrowing”, said a female prison official who saw when his beard and hair were being scraped, told him, “Here we treat people like animals.”
He did not disclose the name of the female prison official but identified another official who tortured him as Enobong Philip, whom he said is a “two star officer”.
Speaking to over 500 audience members on the Twitter space, an evening with @InibeheEffiong on Wednesday evening, Mr Effiong said Mr Philip forced him to sit on the floor and scraped his beard and hair against his wish.
Mr Effiong described the condition of Custodial Centres as “undeserving for human habitation”. “There’s nothing in the Correctional Service that corrects anybody,” he said.
He said he had the feeling that something would happen to him a day before the judge committed him to prison, and that he told his friend, Omoyele Sowore about it.
He said he could not have believed he would spend the next 30 days in prison.
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