Court Sentences Armed Robbers To Death By Hanging

Justice Okon Okon of the Akwa Ibom State High Court has sentenced two members of a three-man robbery gang to death by hanging.

The robbery gangs include a 35-year-old barber from Nung Obong in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Donald John Obot, and a 36-year-old ex-convict from Ibiaku Uruan in Uruan Local Government Area, Blessing Christopher Utah.

They confessed that they had robbed a man of N500,000, another of N200,000, and a woman at IBB Avenue, Uyo, the state capital, of her N131,000.

Justice Okon, while delivering the judgment, found Donald John Obot and Blessing Christopher Utah guilty of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The Court noted that it is bizarre and unfortunate that armed robbers abused public transport system and converted their tricycles to perpetrate crime, leaving their innocent victims with harrowing experiences and tales of woes.

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Justice Okon revealed that the convicts confessed that their meeting point was Federal Secretariat, Uyo, before they proceeded to monitor banks and ATM points in Uyo metropolis, looking for customers withdrawing money.

The leader of the gang and rider of the tricycle used in the robbery operations is said to have escaped and his whereabouts are unknown.

The Court noted that their days are numbered while advising them to use their lucky escape to mend their ways and lifestyle.

Justice Okon ordered that the two defendants should die by hanging for armed robbery, while each of them is to serve seven years imprisonment for conspiracy.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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