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Court Sentences 3 Policemen, 4 Other To Death For Kidnapping In Akwa Ibom

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Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo  on Tuesday sentenced three policemen and four others to death by for  kidnapping one Deaconess Ime Anietie Ekanem

Those sentenced included Cpl Emmanuel Charlie, Cpl Bassey Sunday, PC Mfon Bassey, Ekaette Edet Moses, Fidelis Emmanson Jeremiah, Ndu Okon Johnny and Unyime Edem Etukakpan.

The court presided by Justice Joy Unwana convicted the culprits on a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, kidnapping, aiding and sponsoring of kidnapping.

In a confessional statement by the 8th accused person, Mrs Itohowo Akpakwa, which was admitted as an exhibit, she confessed to visiting her friend in a bar at Idakeyop Aka where she gave the 7th accused person, Unyime Edem Etukakpan money to buy medicine for his ill health.

While Mrs Akpakwa denied knowledge of the plot to kidnap her friend and neighbour, Deaconess Ekanem, no fewer than three other members of the kidnap gang told the court that they did not know her name at the time she visited during the final meeting at Aka.

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

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