According to a report by Daily Trust, an Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has sentenced a 27-year-old man, Sylvester Emmanuel Ime, to death by hanging for armed robbery.
The court held that the convict, in the company of five others now at large, attacked security men at the premises of Dam Dave Company in Uyo, the state capital and carted away two Mack trucks worth N7 million.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Okon Okon, said Ime was found guilty of robbery.
He said, “I can no longer hold my peace on the vexed trend in Akwa Ibom, where armed robbery, kidnapping, child stealing and other crimes are masterminded with external influences.
“Most of the crimes taking place in Akwa Ibom in contemporary times were unheard of in the state, as the people of Akwa Ibom considered it an anathema to be linked with such crimes.”
The court commended the state’s Prosecution Counsel, Barr. Esther Etim, for her industry and resourcefulness, stressing that the state has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.
In his confessional statement, Ime told the court that he was contacted through a phone call by one Nonso, from Aba in Abia State to provide him with security information about the company, which led to the success of the robbery operation.
The convict, a father of one and an indigene of Ekiti Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State listed members of the gang to include one Eze, Auchi and Chibuzor, all from Abia State.