Iniubong Umoren’s Murder: Suspect Uduak Akpan Pleads Guilty

Mr. Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of Miss Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Iniubong Umoren’s Murder: Suspect Uduak Akpan Pleads Guilty

Mr. Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of Miss Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy has pleaded guilty to her murder.

The suspect who lured late Umoren to his place at Nnung Ikono Obio in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa- Ibom State raped, killed and eventually buried the young lady in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.

He had promised to offer her a job at a farm in Uyo.

However, when the charges were read during the arraignment, the first accused, Uduak Akpan who did not have a lawyer pleaded guilty to the murder charge but pleaded not guilty to the rape charges.

“I’m disappointed, he should face death penalty, ”- Father of serial killer, Uduak Akpan

His father, Frank Akpan who also did not have a lawyer is being prosecuted on a one charge of accessory after the facts, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Consequently, the court presided over by Justice Bennett Illaumo adjourned the matter to August,18,2021 for further hearing of the offence

However, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom(SAN) who spoke with journalists shortly after the proceedings assured the public that justice would be done.

He said a capital offence does not carry any time bar adding that in the next ten years or more anybody found guilty in the same matter can still be prosecuted

His words, “In a criminal prosecution, we rely on the evidence from the investigations brought by the official investigators of the case. We have gone through all the investigation reports by all security operatives that handled the investigation, currently, the two that have been arraigned today are people that we have sufficient evidence to prosecute.

“There have been so much in the social media and we don’t prosecute cases based on what official investigating authorities present by way of facts evidence.

“Count 3, is talking about accessory after the facts. If someone commits an offence and another person assists that person in an attempt to evade justice, you are charged as an accessory after the facts

“You see when things happen a lot of people what they called judicial lynching, take him there, hang him, no. The constitution guarantees everybody a fair trial. We can guarantee the public that there will be a fair trial and that just will be done at the end of the day.

“And let people not start wondering about all kinds of stories. In a criminal prosecution, there is no time bar to criminal culpability. If tomorrow, even 10 years from now, evidence comes out that can tie anyone who is not charged today to this crime, that person will still be charged.”

Speaking also with journalists, Counsel to Uduak Akpan, the first accused person Barrister Samson Abdullah said ” Before now I have no contact with the first accused

It is just today that I took over the defence of the accused, so the court called upon me to put up an appearance for the first accused person which I did graciously in line with the mandate of the counsel.

Emms Ekongson appeared for the second accused person, Frank Akpan.

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