Trial Of Alleged Killer Of Akwa Ibom Job Seeker, Iniubong Umoren, Begins Today
Trial of Uduak Frank Akpan, the alleged murderer of Akwa Ibom job seeker, Iniubong Ephraim Umoren, will begin at Akwa Ibom state High Court 6 in Uyo, the state capital on Monday, July 26, it has emerged.
According to a statement released by the media unit of Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Justice signed by the information officer in the ministry, Effiong Edet, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Essien Udom (SAN), will be the lead counsel for the prosecution team.
It would be recalled that Umoren was lured to her death by a fake employer, Uduak Ezekiel Akpan, who raped killed and buried her in the shallow grave.
The victim’s friend, Umoh Uduak, raised alarm about the lady’s disappearance, after which many Nigerians through social media fished out the suspect.
She was allegedly invited by Akpan, suspected to have kidnapped her as she could not be reached on her telephone lines.
The police, after much pressure on social media, however, started an investigation and Umoren’s death was confirmed on May 2.
Then, Nigeria Poloce Force said Anti-Kidnapping Squad of Akwa Ibom state Command has arrested two suspects as investigation continues.
The statement added that the police investigating team had exhumed the deceased’s remains, which was buried in a shallow grave, showing her mouth gagged and the neck strangulated and squeezed, eyeballs bulging and tongue popping out, all allegedly pointing irresistibly to one direction, murder.
The statement disclosed that the police had since concluded investigations and sent the case file to Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
It however stated that DPP could not swing into action immediately because of the recently suspended industrial action embarked upon by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).