By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Police Command in Akwa Ibom State on Friday, paraded Uduak Frank Akpan, the suspected killer of a 26-year old job seeker, who had been arrested and detained in custody at the comman’sd headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia.
The police decision to parade the suspect since May 2, 2021 when he was arrested after killing his victim, Iniubong Umoren, followed reports making the rounds in public space that the suspect, Uduak Akpan has committed suicide in Police custody.
The report indicted the Police Command in the state of alleged plot to sweep the case under the carpet and circumvent justice on late Iniubong Umoren.
Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Andrew Amiengheme while briefing journalists and members of Civil Liberty Organisations (CLO), described the suicide rumour as unfounded.
CP Amiengheme said the press conference became expedient because of the recent happenings and what they have been read on the media.
His words, “For the past three days, there has been a rumour going round that the prime suspect, Uduak Frank Akpan, the murder of Iniubong Umoren has committed suicide in the police cell.
“It went further to say that he used his trousers. It don’t know anywhere in the world where suspects are put in cell with trousers. I have been loaded with calls from all over the world, as if the police decided to bungle with the direct case of murder and that’s the reason for this press conference so that he can be seen,” CP Amiengheme stated.
CP Amiengheme also debunked the rumours that the force headquarters in Abuja had directed that the case file be transferred to Abjua, saying that the headquarters only asked them to send details of the matter which they did with a dispatch.
His position, he further stated was that the police everywhere in the country is doing the same duty of discrete investigations on criminal activities and make charges for prosecutions in court for justice to be done.
The commissioner of police who said that investigations on the gruesome murder of Iniubong were still ongoing, appealed to the general public to give information to the police on the matter to enable the police to annex the information and work on them
Meanwhile, the remains of late Iniubong Umoren have been laid to rest in her family compound in Nnung Ita Ikot Essien in Oruk Anam local government area of the state amidst tears from the sea of sympathisers who turned out to pay her a last respect.
At the funeral service which was conducted by Faith Tabernacle, Ikot Ibritam District, friends of Iniubong and sympathizers rain curses on Uduak Frank Akpan and others behind the heinous crime.
Our Correspondent observed that not even the heavy downpour witnessed could deter colleagues of the young promising graduate and students of the University of Uyo and beyond from attending the funeral.
At the lying in state, Iniubong’s family and friends wept uncontrollably, describing the death of Iniubong Umoren as a great loss.
It would be recalled that Iniubong Umoren, a 26-year-old graduate of Philosophy from the University of Uyo, left her home in Uyo, full of life on Thursday, 29th April, 2021, for a job interview in Nung Ikono Obio, Uruan Local Government Area of the State, unsuspecting that the man who invited her for the job offer, will end up taking her life.
And so, as innocent she was and in dire need of a job to keep her busy until when she would be called up for the National Youth Service, Iniubong paid her way to meet her supposed job provider, not knowing that the heart of a man is desperately wicked.
After making several calls to locate the venue of the supposed job interview, Iniubong finally arrived the ancient village of Nung Ikono Obio, her first time of being to the community and met the man, Uduak Frank Akpan, for the first time of her life.
But instead of discussing the job, which he used to lure Iniubong to his residence, Uduak who claimed to be 20 years old, pound on Iniubong and raped the orphan, hitting her on the head, and leaving her to die in the pool of blood.
Having known that his victim has died, Uduak dug a shallow grave and buried Iniubong and left the village immediately.
Like a common belief that “there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open”, Uduak was subsequently arrested with his evil deeds brought to light.