Law & Judiciary

Judgement Day: Murderer of A’ Ibom job seeker to die by hanging.

Isaac Job, Uyo

Akwa Ibom state High court sitting in Uyo, has sentenced a 21-year-old Uduak Frank Akpan to death by hanging for the killing of late Miss Iniubong Umoren who was seeking a job in the state.

The court also sentenced the accused to life imprisonment for raping the deceased whom he lured to his father’s house in Uruan local government under the pretext of offering her a job.

In a judgement which lasted more than 2 hours delivered on Thursday, the trial judge justice Bassey Nkanang, discharged and acquitted the convict’s father, Frank Akpan and sister, Anwan Bassey (2nd and 3rd defendant) who were joined respectively in the case as an accessory in the murder case.

Nkanang said ” this court has proved beyond reasonable doubts that you Uduak Akpan guilty of murder and you are charged accordingly. You are to die by hanging until you rot away”

However, there was confusion in the court as the convict attempted to escape shortly after the sentence was announced by the trial judge.

The Trumpet gathered that the convict came out of the dock and immediately rushed out to escape before he was held at the door by security operatives including the police and prison officers.

Speaking after the judgement, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom expressed satisfaction over the ruling.

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“I thank the presiding judge over the way and manner this matter has been conducted. The judge was able to take a day out, tried the case on a day-to-day basis and at the end of the day, we had a judgement that shows the justice system works. We are very happy about the outcome of the case

“As you can see, the first defendant has been led into custody and the 2nd and 3rd defendant have been discharged and acquitted, we intend as a State to analyze that judgement and see if there are any grouse and take a decision but the judge has done a good job”.

Commenting on the attempted escape of the convict, the commissioner of Justice said he was not surprised at the behaviour of the convict.

He said “It’s not something to be surprised about, someone that committed such gruesome offences and I’m not surprised for him to do something as bad as he did here but the officials were very alert and attentive that was why they stopped him

He commended officers of the Nigeria police force and the DSS for their diligence in prosecuting the matter.
“They did great jobs in the investigation though sometimes the public especially on social media accused them of complicity without their efforts, we wouldn’t have gone this far,” he said.

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