Court convicts Cross River Director, traditional ruler over landed property

The Magistrate Court of Cross River State in the Akwa Ikot Effanga Magisterial District has convicted a Director of Administration, Ministry of Finance and a traditional titleholder in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State.

Delivering judgement in Calabar, Victoria S. S. Ebaye (Mrs) deputy chief registrar said that the two accused persons, Chief Felix Effiong Okon Andem, a traditional titleholder and Barrister Ben Tawo Olom Esq who is a director in the State Civil Service were convicted for the four-count charges brought in a charge no MAE/18c/19c.2017 between the Commissioner of Police and the duo.

“The two defendants herein, Chief Felix Effiong Okon Andem and Ben Tawo Olom Esq are hereby sentenced to a cumulative fine of N20, 000 each which shall be paid forthwith and failing which they shall be remanded in prison custody pending the payment of the judgement fine”

The two accused persons were found guilty of four court charges which included conspiracy, forcibly entry, malicious damage and unlawful removal of beacon stones.

Victoria Ebaye said that from the emergence of facts before the court, the two defendants in the case trespassed into a parcel of land under the lawful and peaceful possession of the complainant as shown in the several exhibits tendered by the prosecution to substantiate their claim of right over the parcel of land in question.

The Judge further said that the prosecution called three witnesses and tendered about 20 exhibits. The complainant, Chief Joseph Okon Edem testified as PW1, HRH Etinyin Okon Asuquo testified as PW2 while Inspector Israel Akpan the investigating police officer testified as PW3.

Shortly after delivery of the judgement, the Director of Administration, Ben Tawo Olom, Esq, who was being conveyed in a vehicle threatened to deal with DAILY POST for covering the delivery of the judgement, “You are here to report the judgement, I will deal with you,” he stated.

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