A 31-year-old man, one Edidiong Ototi has been sentenced to death by hanging by the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in the Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state.

Edidiong, a native of Ikot-Akwa in Obot Akara LGA of the state, was convicted for killing his father, Mr Pius Ototi, whom he accused of being responsible for the untimely death of his two grandchildren.

Edidiong, in his confessional statement to the police, admitted that he killed his father and buried him inside a pit toilet on November 18, 2018.

Justice Augustine Odokwo, while delivering judgment on Monday, held that the “accused is guilty of murder, which is punishable by death under Section 326 (1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.”

The judge ordered that Edidiong should be hanged by the neck until he dies.

Justice Odokwo said the prosecution team from the state Ministry of Justice had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

He added that the convict had no right under the law to take the life of his 60-year-old father, whom he accused of being a wizard.

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