2 Akwa Ibom Youths Bag 28 Years Imprisonment For Robbery

2 Akwa Ibom Youths Bag 28 Years Imprisonment For Robbery

BY INIOBONG SUNDAY, UYO 

Akwa Ibom state High Court sitting at Okoita, in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, and presided over by Justice Okon Okon, has sentenced two young men to 28 years imprisonment each for armed robbery.

The particulars of the case stated that the convicts bagged the prison terms  for robbing a passenger while trying to board a tricycle at Okokon Etuk Street in Uyo, the state capital.

The convicts are Nsikan Friday Tom, popularly called ‘Nokia’, a 28 year-old indigene of Akpautong in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, and fellow accomplice, one Augustine Gregory, a 27- year-old native of Aka Offot in Uyo LGA.

The duo were found guilty by the Court, of two out of the three counts charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and membership of secret cult.

In a one-hour judgment, Justice Okon sentenced the two to 21 years imprisonment for robbery, and additional seven years for conspiracy, holding, however, that “the sentences are to run concurrently.”

The Court held that although the prosecution has not been able to prove that the robbery was accompanied by gun, there was ample evidence that the victim was robbed of his Lenovo laptop and Gionee M5 phone by the convicts on August 7, 2016.

Justice Okon, therefore, discharged and acquitted the convicts of the charge of membership of a secret cult, explaining that “there is no law incriminating or punishing the making of confessional statements to the Police anywhere.”

“The prosecution was seeking the conviction of the defendants because, they confessed at the Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia to be members of an unlawful society.” The Court held.

The Court further held that, “while Nsikan Friday Tom, alias ‘Nokia’, and Augustine Gregory are each discharged and acquitted in count three, which is membership of a secret cult, they are each found guilty of conspiracy in Count one and robbery in Count Two and accordingly convicted them.”

The Court, however, discharged and acquitted the third accused person in the charge, Daniel Bassey Okon, a native of Iwuopom Okpolom in Ibeno LGA, of all the charges of conspiracy, armed robbery and membership of an unlawful society preferred against him, as investigation failed to indict him of any wrongdoings, though a friend to the convicts.


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