The Akwa Ibom State High Court presided by Justice Okon Okon recently sentenced two members of a three-man robbery gang to death by hanging.
The condemned robbers who have been using tricycles to rob their victims, were sentenced to death, having been found guilty of robbing a trader, Esther Victor Akpan, after she withdrew N110.00 from her bank on Abak Road, Uyo in December 2018
They include a 35-year-old barber from Nung Obong in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Donald John Obot, and a 36-year-old ex-convict from Ibiaku Uruan in Uruan Local Government Area, Blessing Christopher Utah.
They confessed that they had robbed a man of N500,000, another of N200,000, and a woman at IBB Avenue, Uyo, the state capital, of her N131,000.
Justice Okon, while delivering the judgment, found Donald John Obot and Blessing Christopher Utah guilty of conspiracy and armed robbery.
The court said, “It is bizarre and unfortunate that armed robbers abused public transport system and converted their tricycles to perpetrate crime, leaving their innocent victims with harrowing experiences and tales of woes.”
Justice Okon added that the convicts confessed that their meeting point was Federal Secretariat, Uyo, before they proceeded to monitor banks and ATM points in Uyo metropolis, looking for customers withdrawing money.
The leader of the gang and rider of the tricycle used in the robbery operations is said to have escaped and his whereabouts are unknown.
The court said, “His days are numbered”, advising him to use his lucky escape to mend his ways and lifestyle.
Justice Okon ordered that the two defendants should die by hanging for armed robbery.