Federal High Court

Akwa Ibom: 21-year-old robber sentenced to death by hanging


A High Court in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, has sentenced one Ekemini Otuakak Edet, 21, to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Justice Okon Okon sentenced Edet to death after he admitted to taking part in the robbery of MI AMAN Pharmacy in the state capital in March last year.

The judge held that the prosecution “satisfactorily discharged the burden of proving the guilt of the accused in the commission of the crime,” adding, “a confessional statement of the accused especially were admitted without objection is equivalent to, and has the effect of, a plea of guilty.

“I, therefore, find the accused guilty and accordingly convict him. The sentence of this Court is that you Ekemini Otuakak Edet be hanged by the neck until you be dead.”

Two robbery suspects were lynched in Rimi village in Sumaila council of Kano State.

Three suspects were reportedly caught but one escaped, it was learned.

The two were set ablaze.

Police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna confirmed the incident, but warned the residents not to take the law into their hands, but report suspected criminal cases to the police.



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