An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene and presided over by Justice Eno Isangedighi has sentenced two policemen and three others to death for kidnapping an Uyo-based cattle dealer, Muhammad Umar Barkindo.
The condemned policemen are Corporal Friday Udo, a native of Ikot Inyang in Oruk Anam Local Government Area and Corporal Saturday Okorie of Ikot Etenge also in Oruk Anam. Both have since been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.
Also condemned to death were Walter Jack Udo, a native of Iwok Nsit in Nsit Atai, Udo Moses Akpaetuk of Ikot Ada Idem, Ibiono Ibom and Udo Okon Etim from Ikot Asua in Nsit Atai whose house was used to keep the victim, while demanding ₦100 million ransom.
The judgement laid to rest the 10 years trial of the 8-man squad who were also linked to the kidnap of a medical expert at the University of Uyo, Dr Ini Enang in August, 2011, a case which the Court discharged and acquitted the accused for want of evidence.
The three other accused died in the course of their trial with their names struck out by the Court.
In her judgment, Justice Eno Isangedighi held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubts and found the accused guilty of conspiracy and kidnapping Umar Barkindo on 25th November, 2011, an offense punishable by death in Section one subsection two of Akwa Ibom State Internal Security and Enforcement Law 2009.
Justice Isangedighi prayed God to have mercy upon the souls of the condemned kidnappers.