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More revelations emerge on controversial death of Akwa Ibom lawyer


An Akwa Ibom State Excessive Court docket sitting in Uyo has heard extra revealing testimonies surrounding the demise of a working towards lawyer with the State Ministry of Justice, Barrister Godwin Ikoiwak, for which six individuals are standing trial.

The courtroom, presided over by Justice Bassey Nkanang, heard the testimony of the primary defendant and spouse of the deceased, Mrs Abasiesebanga Ikoiwak, a 37-year-old lawyer and registrar on the Court docket of Attraction, Calabar.

In her proof in-chief, Mrs Ikoiwak testified how the physique of the deceased was conveyed from his mom in-law’s home in Nung Udoe Itak, Ikono Native Authorities Space to Saint Luke’s Hospital, Anua, in Uyo, for a demise certificates to provide the impression that he died on the hospital as a substitute of his mom in-law’s home.

Mrs Ikoiwak is standing trial alongside 5 others, together with her 67-year-old mom, Margaret Patrick Umoh; her 36-year-old sister, Owoidoho Patrick Umoh, two medical docs – Dr Imoh Sunday Johnson and Dr Isaac Njoku – in addition to a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Gabriel Ekong, who’s the Administrator of Saint Luke’s Hospital.

In her testimony, Mrs Ikoiwak, the primary defendant, admitted her confessional assertion to the Division of State Providers, DSS, that she directed her sister, Udeme Patrick Umoh, a Nigeria Police officer now at giant, to convey the corpse of her husband to Saint Luke’s Hospital, the place she contacted Dr Johnson for a demise certificates, stating the place and explanation for demise.

She stated she instructed the physician the reality that her husband died in her mom’s home however that he ought to write within the demise certificates that her husband died at Saint Luke’s Hospital.

“On 19/1/2022, my husband instructed me he was feeling weak after coming back from the Federal Excessive Court docket, Uyo. Since I used to be not round, I steered to him to go to my mom’s home, the place he can have individuals to take care of him and he did.

“Upon inquiry about his well being, he stated he was nonetheless weak and on treatment. At 9:00 pm, I known as once more to verify on him, however my mom and my sister instructed me he was respiratory closely and at 1:00 am, my sister known as that his breath has stopped.

“I put a name to our Parish Priest, Reverend Father Maurice Mbeke, as a result of my husband was the Chairman, Parish Harvest Planning Committee of the Church, and requested him whether or not he might be of assist and provides him a sacrament of exhaustive unction and referred him to a hospital.

“I instructed my sister, Udeme, to make use of my identify to register the corpse that I used to be on my strategy to Uyo from Calabar. I do know the connection with my in-laws and their motion won’t be nice.

“On the burial date, twelfth February, 2022, I found that the household of my husband didn’t embrace my identify because the spouse of the deceased within the burial programme nevertheless it was said that my husband died as a bachelor with out children,” Mrs Ikoiwak instructed the courtroom.

She additionally claimed that she married the deceased as an asthmatic affected person however that on the date the husband died, she didn’t inform any of his relations, together with Dr Utibe Ikoiwak, whom she stated, managed the alleged ailment.

Mrs Ikoiwak was requested to elucidate why, on the day the husband died, she was on fixed cellphone calls together with her mom, her sister, her mechanic and a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Maurice Mbeke, who aren’t medical professionals, however by no means known as any of her in-laws when the husband’s situation received worse as she claimed.

On why her husband’s household by no means noticed the 2 kids she stated she delivered for the late Barrister Ikoiwak, Mrs Ikoiwak stated her in-laws refused to go to them even when she gave delivery to to the 2 kids.

She denied claims that her husband requested for a DNA check on her kids and that the DNA check and the quarrel that erupted, led to the demise of her husband, who was hale and hearty, after coming back from the courtroom.

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