On Tuesday, youths from Nnung Ikono Obio in Akwa Ibom State’s Oruan Local Government Area stormed and vandalised the family home of Uduak Akpan, the prime suspect in the murder of a jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren.
According to reports, the youth committed the act after setting fire to the security post of the one-story house.
According to one of our sources, the youth carted away all of the property in the building and took the accused killer’s father to the police.
“They smashed the windows and glass doors with pebbles and sticks and carted away everything in the building,” according to the source.
Akpan, a local government official, is accused of luring, kidnapping, and sexually abusing Iniubong to death.
The youth clarified that their behaviour was motivated by Akpan’s suspected involvement in the murder of the 26-year-old Philosophy graduate from the University of Uyo.
Sunday Essien, the youth president, expressed disappointment over the alleged behaviour of a group indigene over the phone with one of our correspondents.
“Aside from what you’ve already learned, nothing is happening. It’s not right for the boy to murder another human being. We don’t know if that’s what he’d been up to. That is why we took this action,” Essien explained.
He did, however, exonerate the Chairman of the Local Government Council, Mr Iniobong Ekpenyong, saying he acted in the capacity of the council’s chief security officer by summoning the police to arrest the suspect.
Similarly, students from the University of Uyo’s Faculty of Arts, clad in black, protested the heinous murder of Iniubong on Tuesday and requested that justice be done.
The students marched across the school campus in a solemn procession, calling on the state governor’s wife, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, to play a motherly role by ensuring that justice was served.
Mr Unyime Anietie, the faculty’s 2015 set chief, promised that their colleague’s death will not be in vain after working so hard to get through school.
“Iniubong Umoren did not deserve to die; she did not have to die after all the stress she endured in school,” he said. We would like to urge Mrs. Martha Emmanuel to use her favourite project, the Family Empowerment and Youth Re-orientation Path-initiative, to ensure that the perpetrators of such an act are brought to justice.
“If this is what it takes to stop rape and all other types of gender-based violence, then we appeal to all stakeholders to see this case through.”
Prof. Joe Ushie, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UniUyo, said that Iniubong, whose result he recently signed, paid the ultimate price as a survivor of a morally dead planet.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has condemned Iniubong’s rape and heinous murder.
At a plenary session on Tuesday, the House characterised the incident as “barbaric, inhuman, and despotic,” and charged the acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, with “immediately commissioning and taking over the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”
The House also directed the Inspector General to “protect her family members from abuse, coercion, and damage.”
The House Committee on Women’s Affairs and Social Development was also tasked with monitoring the investigation and prosecution, as well as ensuring compliance with the resolutions and reporting back to the chamber.
The resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion introduced by Mr Unyime Idem, the lawmaker representing the Ukanafun/Oruk, Anam Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, titled: ‘A Call for Comprehensive Investigation, Prosecution, and Punishment of the Perpetrator(s) of the Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, and Heinous Killing of Miss Iniubong Ephraim Umoren and the Need to Protect Her
PUNCH Nigeria News previously announced that the victim went missing on Thursday while attending a work interview in the state. She had previously tweeted from her account, @HinyHumoren, that she wanted a job and that some people had mentioned potential employers to her.
However, on Thursday, @UmohUduak1, who described herself as the jobseeker’s mate, raised the alarm that her friend was nowhere to be found.
Her cries for help drew the attention of the Nigerian Twitter crowd, who urged security agencies to locate the victim. For days, the hashtag #FindHinnyHumoren has been trending on Twitter.
Similarly, the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State’s Uruan Local Government Area, Mr Iniobong Ekpenyong, has criticised the prime suspect’s confessional statement to police, claiming it was meant to discredit his hard-earned credibility.
Akpan, who was arrested in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Iniubong, said in his confessional statement that he discussed the crime with the council chairman before fleeing to Calabar, Cross River State.
“The perpetrator admitted to telling the council chairman about his atrocity before fleeing to Calabar and was never handed over to the police by anyone,” a police spokesman said in a statement.
In response to the police statement on Tuesday, Ekpenyong alleged that his involvement helped the suspect’s arrest.
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