A 21 years old man, Ekemini Otuakak Edet, who had admitted of taking part in the robbery of MI AMAN Pharmacy located at 44, Aka Nung Udoe Road, Uyo in Akwa Ibom State in March last year, has been sentenced to death by hanging.

Edet, who hails from Oruko in Orueffong Uruko Local Government Area of the State was sentenced today by the Uyo High Court presided over by Justice Okon Okon.

While others escaped, Edet could not as he was arrested following a tip off at his residence, Ikot Iko in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area and was arraigned on 25th August, 2020

In his judgment, Justice Okon found the accused guilty of armed robbery which is punishable by death under section 1 (2a) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, Laws of the Federation 2004.

Justice Okon held that the prosecution has “satisfactorily discharged the burden of proving the guilt of the accused in the commission of the crime.”

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He said “a confessional statement of the accused especially where admitted without objection is equivalent to and has the effect of a plea of guilty”

Justice Okon who described confessional statement as the best evidence, even better than eyewitness account, held that such confessional statement can be relied upon solely, to convict the accused.

“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.” The Judge held.

Justice Okon prayed God to have mercy on the soul of the accused.

(C) Harrison Essien