The village head of Efen Ibom in Ika Local Government Area,Chief Essien Matthew Odiong, has been sentenced to death by hanging.
The monarch who stood trial on four counts of conspiracy, overseeing unlawful ordeal trial and murder was convicted for the murder of one Udoma Udo Ubom.
According to the verdict delivered by Justice Edem Akpan of the Akwa Ibom High Court, the monarch was found guilty of murder after the deceased was injected with a chemical substance which led to his death April 26, 2017
The events leading to his death were preceded by the late Ubom, being accused of wizardry by his brothers, who was then ordered by the village head to swear an oath to prove his innocence.
The court held that, “Having sensed the consequences of his criminal activity, the monarch escaped from the village in 2017 and returned in 2019, when he was arrested by the police.”
According to the court, the chemical substance administered via syringe on the deceased buttocks was his cause of death.
The judge sentenced the monarch, 82, to death by hanging for murder, seven years imprisonment with hard labour for overseeing an unlawful trial by ordeal and three years imprisonment for conspiracy with others who are yet to be apprehended by the authorities.