Court sentences three policemen, others to death for kidnapping a woman

Three Policemen, a woman and other three-people have been sentenced to death by The State High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The court ordered the convicted to die by hanging. Mystatenews learnt

According to the Nation, The woman was hired by the gang of kidnappers for N50, 000, to cook for their victim, Deaconess Ime Anietie Ekanem, while they negotiated for ransom.

They are Cpl Emmanuel Charlie, Ekaette Edet Moses, Fidelis Emmanson Jeremiah, Cpl Bassey Sunday (377812), PC Mfon Bassey (478463), Ndu Okon Johnny, Unyime Edem Etukakpan and Itohowo Godwin Akaka.

They were convicted on all three-count charges of conspiracy to commit felony, kidnapping, and concealing, aiding and sponsoring kidnapping.

Justice Unwana said: “The decision of the court to pass the death sentence is in tandem with the anti-kidnapping law of Akwa Ibom State. It is a loud statement to the country that the crime of kidnapping is a grievous offence in the state and punishable by death. I hope it will discourage those planning to engage in the crime to steer clear off Akwa Ibom.”

Mrs Akpakwa, in her statement which was admitted as an exhibit, confessed to visiting her friend in a bar at Idakeyop Aka, where she gave the seventh accused, Etukakpan, money to buy medicine for his ill-health.

Though Mrs Akpakwa denied knowledge of the plot to kidnap her friend and neighbour, no fewer than three other members of the gang told the court that they did not know her name when she attended the final meeting at Aka.

They insisted that she was the one who identified her friend and gave the direction to her house in Obio Etoi village, Uyo.

It was learnt that the victim was dragged out of the Toyota Sienna car driven by her husband, in front of the family house at about 6.30pm and whisked away in a Volvo Wagon car to Afaha Udoeyop in Ibesikpo Asutan council area, where she was kept, under armed guards, in an isolated building pending agreement and payment of ransom.

The anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) swung into action as telephone negotiations between the kidnappers and the victim’s husband brought down the initial demand from more than N20 million to about N1.8 million to be paid in two instalments.

Security operatives of the SCID in mufti were shocked to discover that the first two persons who approached the Afaha Ibesikpo Market square venue for the ransom delivery were their colleagues.

 

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