23-year Old Student Convicted For Cultism In Akwa Ibom

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By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo

A High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has sentenced 23 years old boy, Emmanuel Itoro Thomas to five years in prison, having been found guilty of belonging to an unlawful society known as “Red Skin Secret Cult Confraternity”.
Thomas, who is a student of Community Secondary School, Mbaise in Imo State, hails from Uruk Uso in Obot Akara Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
Justice Okon Okon who convicted Thomas on Thursday, had in a judgement he delivered held that, “by the provision of Section 1 Sub Section 2 of the Cultism, Offensive Weapons and Violent Behaviour Prohibition Law 2004 of Akwa Ibom State, any person who is a member of a cult whether or not, he is in possession of an offensive weapon, is guilty of an offense and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for seven years without an option of fine”.
He also held that, “it is a trite Law that where a confessional statement of an accused is tendered in evidence without any objection, the statement will be deemed to have been made voluntarily and its content will be deemed to be true with no amount of subsequent argument against it, vitiating its admissibility.”
In the particular of the offense, the accused, Emmanuel Itoro Thomas had confessed that he joined the secret cult in 2019 because of the challenges his mother had with her landlady.
He had also confessed in his extra-judicial statement that he was initiated on February 29, 2019 in Asutan Street, off Eka Street, Uyo by one General, who is now at large.
The Court held that the prosecution from the State Ministry of Justice has proven its case beyond reasonable doubts and accordingly, sentenced the accused to five years in prison without an option of fine.

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