Edet Asuquo Oruk Discharged and Acquitted on the Offences of Armed Robbery and Assault Occasioning Harm
The accused person (Edet Asuquo Oruk) was charged with a three-count charge of conspiracy, Armed robbery, and Assault occasioning Harm contrary to sections 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms Act LFN 2004 and S. 364 of Criminal Code Law of Akwa Ibom State, 2000 in Charge number HU/125c/ 2019 between State Vs Eduek Asuquo Oruk & 1or. before High Court 7, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state presided over by Hon. Justice Okon Okon. After the evidence of PW1, the State withdrew the charges against the 2nd Accused person and proceeded against the 1st Accused person.
The facts of the case is summarily to the effect that the accused person alongside 15 others at large were alleged to have robbed one PC Michael Patrick John, a serving police officer, who was in the company of one Sgt. Emmanuel Akpan,also a serving Army officer of his Gionee phone, torchlight, and cash of #23,000.
The accused denied the allegations both in his extrajudicial statements and oral testimony in court. Rather, the accused claimed that the officers were attacked by persons who said the officers were always coming to their community to look for women without settling the boys.
S.A. Adula (Legal Aid Council, Coordinator Akwa Ibom state) was the counsel to the accused person.
The accused was discharged and acquitted as a result of the spirited effort by S.A. Adula. The accused was accordingly released from correctional custody.