By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
A High Court in Akwa Ibom State has condemned a 40-year old man, Kufre Christopher Archibong to death by hanging for offence of armed robbery.
Presiding Judge, Justice Okon Okon in a judgment he delivered on Monday, found Archibong guilty of robbing one Bassey Isaac Akpan, a 43-year-old public servant in his residence, Nung Uyo Idoro, Uyo on 26th April, 2017.
Justice Okon held that the accused should die by “hanged by the neck until he is dead”, however prayed God to have mercy upon his soul.
The condemned robber was arraigned with one Micher Godwin Ettetuk alias Uko Onu on 19th December, 2017 for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery, punishable under Sections 6 (b) and 1 (2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
They both pleaded not guilty to each of the count with the Police presenting investigation report, one Army colour mask, one matchet with red cloth tied to it as well as statements of the accused as exhibits.
In his statement to the Police, Archibong admitted that he and Micher, the second accused, Ndifreke Okon George alias Boby, Anthony Archibong alias Mopol 2, one Richard alias Snoop Dog, Michael Effiong alias Mopol and Itoro Joshua Akpan alias At at met in “Snoop Dog’s house in Mbiakpan Ikot Edim, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of the State on 25th April, 2017 and planned for the robbery.
He said the next day, 26th April, 2017, they robbed four houses in Idaha Village, Mbiakpan village and Nung Uyo Idoro Road and took away items including cash, phones, laptops, clothes in bags, gas cylinders and shoes.
Archibong admitted that they fired gun shots using six locally made pistols adding that he was unlucky to be arrested, while others escaped with their loots and that they were rescued him from being lynched by the irate youths of Nung Uyo Idoro.
The Police Investigation Officer, Sergeant Ntuen Christopher of D Division, Itam said the accused confessed to the commission of the crime and took the Police to where he kept his locally made pistol and two cartridges on top of his house’s ceiling.