Man jailed for life for killing father in Akwa Ibom


Akwa Ibom State High Court, Ibiono Ibom Division, has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his father.

Justice Bassey Nkanang, on Monday, jailed Utibe Ita, a native of Nkim in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of the state for manslaughter.

The convict killed his father, Oscar Ita, and buried him in a shallow grave inside his room in the same apartment, which he shared with the deceased.

Mr Utibe was originally arraigned on one count of murder contrary to Section 326(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Volume 2, Law of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000, but the charge was later amended to manslaughter.

In a confessional statement to the police, the convict said he had been having a running battle with his father over some family issues.

The man’s father disappeared between June 5 and 11, 2017 and his brother, Godwin Udoisang, organised a search party for him.

Mr Udoisang told the court that he first inquired about his brother from the convict, who responded that he had also not seen him.

After putting together a search party which yielded no fruit, Udoisang said he decided to search for him in the house that he lived in with the son only to discover something like a heap of earth inside the room.

He said that Utibe was arrested by the youths of Nkim.