The Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State, Uko Udom, on Thursday said he was not surprised that Uduak Akpan, attempted to escape after the court pronounced that he was going to die by hanging for raping and murdering Iniubong Umoren.
Mr Udom stated this at the State High Court Complex in Uyo while addressing reporters after the court delivered judgment on the matter.
The convicted rapist and murderer, Mr Akpan, attempted to escape but was overpowered by armed prison officials who had manned everywhere within the complex.
There was heavy security presence in Wellington Bassey Way – the road leading to the court.
The Government House axis of the road was cordoned off by armed policemen.
The escape attempt caused panic in the court but the trial judge, Bassey Nkanang, quickly restored order.
In a video clip posted on Facebook, some prison officials could be heard yelling “don’t fire” at colleagues who apparently were ready to gun down the convict.
Mr Akpan was also found guilty of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The judge, Mr Nkanang, said the prosecution had proved beyond doubt the case of murder and rape against Mr Akpan.
He, however, discharged and acquitted the father and sister of Mr Akpan, who as 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively, were charged for accessory after the fact to murder.
The State Attorney General, who led the prosecution team, commended the security officials for stopping Mr Akpan from escaping.
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