The Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state has sentenced two policemen and three others to death on Friday for kidnapping an Uyo-based cattle dealer, one Alhaji Muhammed Umar Barkindo.
The court presided over by justice Eno Isangedighi held that the accused were guilty of the offence.
She said, “The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubts and found the accused guilty of conspiracy and kidnapping of Alhaji Muhammad Umar Barkindo on 25th November, 2011, an offence punishable by death in Section 1 subsection 2 of Akwa Ibom State Internal Security and Enforcement Law 2009”.
Justice Isangedighi prayed to God to have mercy upon the souls of the condemned kidnappers.
The condemned policemen are Corporals Friday Udo, and Saturday Okorie who have since been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.
Others condemned to death were Walter Udo, Ibiono Ibom and Udo Etim whose house was used to keep the victim hostage, while demanding N100m ransom.