By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
A judge of Akwa Ibom State High Court, Justice Okon Okon escaped death by whiskers as kidnappers from Rivers State who were condemned to death, attacked him in the court premises in Uyo, threatening to kill him for sentencing them to death.
The incident occurred on Tuesday immediately after Justice Okon pronounced the death sentence on the criminals who were all indigenes of Rivers State.
The condemned criminals rained abuses on the Judge and also threatened to kill Akwa Ibom State Government prosecution team.
It was gathered that the criminals went berserk, destroying the window of the court-room, causing pandemonium in Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo where the court is located.
The situation worsened with other courts, litigants and lawyers scampering for safety.
For about an hour, the kidnappers refused to leave the courtroom, throwing the scene into pandemonium.
It took the intervention of the detachment of soldiers and Police to rein the criminals in, taking them into a waiting prison van.
The condemned kidnappers are Bernard Efe Ajomaya, Christian Charles Naya, Daniel West and Shedrach Dick Dala.
They had on 19th May, 2015, kidnapped a medical expert in Uyo, Dr. Usen Bassey from his Ini Abasi Clinic, where they demanded a N10m ransom.
They were said to have been arrested on their way back to Rivers State in Ogoni with part of the ransom, international passport and financial documents belonging to the medical doctor.