Justice Okon Okon of Akwa Ibom State High Court was on Tuesday attacked by four convicts in the court premises after sentencing them to death.
The convicts, Bernard Ajomaya, Christian Naya, Daniel West and Shedrach Dala were accused of kidnapping a medical doctor in Uyo, Usen Bassey, on May 19, 2015, demanding N10m ransom.
They were later arrested with part of their loot, the passport and financial documents belonging to the doctor.
It was gathered that after the presiding Judge passed the death sentence, the convicts started raining abuses on the judge and threatened to kill the Akwa Ibom State Government’s prosecution team.
The convicts later went on rampage, vandalising the window of the courtroom and causing chaos along Ikot Ekpene Road, where the court is located.
According to a source, it took the effort of soldiers and policemen to contain the convicts.
“The situation became messy, as litigants and lawyers in other courts ran helter-skelter for their lives.
“For about an hour, the kidnappers refused to leave the courtroom. It took the intervention of a combined team of soldiers and policemen to take the convicts to a waiting prison vehicle.”