The State High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State High Court will today, 4, August 2022 deliver judgement on the murder trial of late Iniubong Umoren.
Naija News recalls that Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy, University of Uyo was allegedly raped, mudered and buried in a shallow grave while she was job-hunting in April 2021, while preparing for NYSC mobilization. The trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang fixed the judgment date after the Prosecution and the Defence Counsel adopted their final written addresses. The three persons standing trial for the murder of Iniubong are Uduak-Abasi Akpan, Frank Akpan and Anwan-Bassey Akpan who are the first, second and third accused persons. The first accused, Uduak-Abasi Akpan was said to have lured her by inviting her for a job interview – He is standing trial on a two-count charge of rape and murder, and if the court finds him guilty, he might be sentenced to death. The second accused person Frank Akpan who is the father of the first accused is charged as an accomplice in the murder while the third accused Anwan-Bassey Akpan, Uduak Akpan sister is charged with accessory because she harboured her brother in her residence in Calabar in a bid to assist him to escape justice. Both the second and third accused may be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty.
Timeline of the trial of the alleged killer of Ini Umoren
April 29, 2021 Umoh Uduak tweeted that her friend, Happiness Inobong Umoren was missing after going for a job interview. May 1, 2021 #FindHinyUmoren started trending online. Later, the Nigerian Police confirmed that she had been found dead. May 2, 2021 The police took her body to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital for autopsy after it was dug out from a shallow grave where her murderer buried her. The same day, police announced that Uduak Akpan, the alleged killer of Ms Umoren had been arrested. May 05, 2021 Ms Umoren was buried in her home town in Ikot Essien in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. May 14, 2021 Uduak Akpan was paraded by the Nigerian police, he confessed that he murdered Ms Umoren after an argument broke out between them. July 26, 2021 Uduak Akpan was arraigned alongside his father. He pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Umoren, he, however, denied raping her. November 05, 2021 Uduak Akpan recanted his initial confession, claiming that he confessed under duress. The case was adjourned. April 13, 2022 While under cross-examination, the father of the accused, Frank Akpan claimed that his son was suffering from schizophrenia – a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. June 21, 2022 The State High Court sitting in Uyo fixed today to pass judgement on the murder of Ms Iniubong Imoren. Naija News will keep you updated as the murder trial sentencing unfolds today. Keep check our website.
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