According to Mr. Okeke, Uduak frank Akpan, was asked to read the written statement by himself, after which, he signed the statement…
Iniubong Ephraim Umoren, the Philosophy graduate of the University of Uyo, who left her home for a supposed job interview in Uyo, has been sexually abused and physically molested by a man who said he had a job opportunity for her.
The sad development was confirmed on Sunday afternoon by the police in Akwa Ibom State.
The police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, identified the suspect as 20 year old Uduak Francis Akpan .
The suspect who has been labelled a serial rapist and a fraudster killed the missing lady and buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound, after raping her.
On 30/04/2021, the Command received a report on the disappearance of the victim.
Following available leads, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, led by CSP Inengiye Igosi, consolidated on the initial great progress made by the DPO Uruan, SP Samuel Ezeugo and arrested the perpetrator who confessed to have lured his victim to his house in the guise of giving her a job, but ended up sexually and physically assaulting her which led to her death.
“To cover his tracks, he dragged and buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound,” Mr MacDon, a superintendent of police, said in the statement.
The body of the woman has been exhumed and deposited at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, the police said.
Suspect is a confessed serial rapist who has owned up to the raping of other victims.
“He will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation,” Mr MacDon added.
Ms Umoren was last seen on April 29 before she went to honour the appointment for a ‘job interview’
She was screaming for help on the phone, said one of her friends, Uduak, who established contact with her on the day she went missing.
“She sent me a 1sec audio record on WhatsApp and I had to call her back to know if she wanted to say something to me but immediately I called her I heard her screaming,” the friend, Uduak Umoh, tweeted.
Concerned Nigerians did an amazing job, deploying internet tools to see how they could track the missing woman’s location or uncover the identity and the location of the person she went out to meet.
#FindHinyUmoren trended on Twitter for two days, after Miss Umoren went missing.
The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Amienghene Andrew, commended “the social media family” for their “effort” in the case.
Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has over-ruled the objection to the admissibility of the statement of Uduak Frank Akpan, in which he allegedly confessed to the DSS, that he murdered Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of the University of Uyo whose life was taken in Uruan while on a job hunt in 2021.
The Court presided over by Hon. Justice Bassey Nkanang admitted the statement in evidence, and marked it as an exhibit. Justice Nkanang ruled that ‘a confessional statement does not become inadmissible, if and where the accused person that made it, denies ever making the statement or retracts the confession on oath.’ Justice Nkanang added that ‘one significant piece of evidence that stood out was Uduak Frank Akpan’s categorical assertion that the statement was not his own and he did not write meaning he had denied the entire statement.’
Consequently, the Court over-ruled the objection to the admissibility of the statement which the accused person had made on the 10th day of June, 2021 at the Department of State Services Office, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State. A DSS Call Data Analyst and 10th prosecution witness, Ama Okeke, in a statement told the Court that Uduak Frank Akpan made his confessional statement voluntarily in the DSS standard interview room for suspects. According to Mr. Okeke, the accused was asked to read the written statement by himself, after which, he signed the statement, while the DSS operative counter-signed it.
The case is adjourned to Wednesday, the 16th day of March, 2022 for defense.
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