A State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state, has sentenced a man, Edidiong Pius Ototi to death by hanging for killing his father in 2018.
The 31-year-old Edidiong during his confessional statement at the Police Headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia admitted killing his 60-year-old father identified as Pius David Ototi, and burying him inside a pit toilet because he was a wizard.
Delivering judgement on Sunday, the presiding judge, Justice Augustine Odokwo, found Edidiong guilty of the offence and ruled that the offence is punishable by death, under section 326 (1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Akwa Ibom State 2000.
The Judge submitted that the prosecuting team from the State Ministry of Justice proved their case against Edidiong who is a native of Ikot Akwa in Obot Akara Local Government Area, beyond a reasonable doubt.
He therefore stated that “Ototi should be hanged by the neck until he dies.”
Odokwo added that Edidiong Ototi had no right under the law to kill his father whom he accused of masterminding the untimely death of his two grandchildren.