Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong has been released from prison.
The Akwa Ibom Chief Judge Ekaette Obot sentenced Effiong to 30-day imprisonment on 27 July, for alleged contempt of court.
The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, confirmed Effiong’s release.
He said: “Inibehe Effiong has been released from unjust imprisonment in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
“The popular human rights attorney is as defiant as ever. He left prison with 17 inmates languishing in prison. He remains defiant as ever! #revolutionnow”
Effiong, in a live video after his release, was seen walking with supporters chanting “Freedom cometh by struggle”.
Effiong said: “For me, as I’ve always said, history will vindicate the just. Well, I’ve just finished my one-month appointment with destiny.
“I came to the custodial centre to follow the path of my ancestors and those who sacrificed their comfort in order to defend their conviction.
“I consider it an honour to be incarcerated for standing by the truth.
“Those who visited me during my conviction would know that I was totally unbothered, unperturbed, I considered it as an honour to be incarcerated.
” I want to thank my family, the NBA led by Olumide Akpata for standing by me, administration and other lawyers who fought to vindicate me.” even lawyers of good conscience who have not clearly heard from me, believed in me and fought to defend me, my lead counsel Femi Falana and other senior lawyers and my colleague Barr Augustine Asuquo and my friends in the media for always saying the truth
“As I said deception and lies may tarry for a while but there are two judges that cannot be deceived, the judge of heaven and judge of conscience”