Violent crimes in Nigeria charged against parents – Akwa Ibom AG


The Attorney General of Akwa Ibom Statee, Uko Udom said Thursday that he was not surprised that Uduak Akpan tried to escape after the court ruled that he would be hanged for raping and murdering Iniubong Umoren.

Mr. Udom stated this at the State High Court Complex in Uyo while addressing reporters after the court ruled on the matter.

Convicted rapist-murderer Mr. Akpan tried to escape but was overpowered by armed corrections officers who were throughout the compound.

There was a large security presence on Wellington Bassey Way, the road leading to the courthouse.

The axis of the road to Government House was cordoned off by armed police.

The escape attempt caused a panic in court, but the trial judge, Bassey Nkanang, quickly restored order.

in a video clip posted on facebooksome corrections officers could be heard shouting “don’t shoot” at colleagues who were apparently ready to shoot the convict dead.

Mr. Akpan was also found guilty of rape and sentenced to life in prison.

The judge, Mr. Nkanang, said that the prosecution had proved beyond any doubt the case of murder and rape against Mr. Akpan.

However, he released and acquitted Mr. Akpan’s father and sister, who, as the second and third defendants respectively, were charged with complicity in the murder.

The state attorney general, who led the prosecution team, praised the security officers for preventing Akpan from escaping.

“I don’t think it’s something to be surprised about,” he told reporters.

“This young man committed some very heinous crimes and if you follow the facts of the case you wouldn’t be surprised if he did something drastic and something as bad as what he tried to do here and I think the security officers were very vigilant about that. they were able to beat him and hold him.”

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Ms. Umoren, a recent Philosophy graduate from Uyo University, wanted a job but ended up losing her life, after accepting a bogus job interview invitation from Mr. Akpan.

The 10-month trial that began on October 4, 2021, ended on August 4 when the trial judge ruled that Mr. Akpan will die by hanging.

Mr. Udom praised the court for the speedy trial, adding that the sentence shows that the justice system works.

‘Accusation of violent crimes against parents’

Responding to a question about rampant violent crime by youth, Udom said parents should be blamed for it.

“I think it all comes down to the state of morality of our young people and we have to start with the parents. I don’t think we should start from these young people, we start from the parents. You find out today that parents do not educate children as it was done in my time, for example.

“Having a son like Mr. Akpan in the house without knowing what he is capable of doing, I think it is an accusation for the parents. We need parents to be more vigilant in parenting and create moral boundaries that they make sure their children don’t cross.

“Look how unrepentant this convict has been throughout the trial. He said the country is full of kidnappers who don’t get arrested, so it’s like he’s set a moral standard for himself that supports the nice things he’s involved in.”

For his part, Sampson Adulla, a lawyer for Akpan, said that unemployment is one of the main causes of violent crime among young people.

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He called on the authorities to involve young people in significant companies as a way to curb the threat.

“The deceased in this case is a 24-year-old graduate and Mr. Akpan is a 20-year-old college student. When you review the entire case, it shows the extent of unemployment in our society.

“Today we have obtained justice for the deceased, we care about those who are still alive, we care about those who are looking for work, including some of the relatives of the deceased.

“There is a need for all stakeholders, not just the government, to make sure that our youth are properly engaged to prevent this kind of situation,” Mr. Adulla said.

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