Electoral Malpractice: Professor Uduk Collapse in Court During Trial

The trial of the Returning Officer for Essien Udim Local Government Area in the 2019 general election, Professor Ignatius Uduk, was disrupted today following his collapse in the court room.

Professor Ignatius Uduk of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, who is standing trial over alleged electoral malpractice in 2019 collapsed in court today as he begins his defense.

Professor Uduk, collapsed in the dock while the prosecuting counsel, Clement Onwuenweunor was cross-examining his witness.

The don, who, returned before Justice Bassey Nkanang of the State High Court with his lawyer, Abasiodiong Ekpenyong, opened his defence today, with a first witness, one Innocent Emile, who he identified as his nephew.

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The incident caused a stir as the Prof was rushed out, causing the court to go on recess. His wife and daughter moved him to a yet-to-be-disclosed location.

Some lawyers alerted the judiciary clinic to get a stretcher but before they returned, Prof’s daughter and wife had driven him out.

The judge on three occasions asked him to sit but he declined. His lawyer after the incident, also informed the judge he had also asked Prof to sit until he fell.

While the case has been adjourned to Thursday for continuation, INEC’s lawyer, Onwuenweunor, told newsmen that the incident will not affect the outcome of the case.

The defence counsel, Ekpenyong declined to speak with journalists.



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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