The Akwa Ibom State Police Command announced that Uduak Frank Akpan, 20, has been arrested for the murder of Miss Iniobong Umoren, who was reported missing only a few days ago.
SP Odiko Macdon, the State Police Public Relations Officer, said in a statement on Sunday that the perpetrator lured the victim to his house under the pretext of offering her a job.
He said the perpetrator raped and killed the victim in his home, then dug a shallow grave and buried her in his father’s compound to hide his tracks.
The suspect claimed to have reported his crime to his Local Government Chairman before fleeing to Calabar for fear of being apprehended, according to the statement.
“The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20 years old, for kidnapping, rapping, and murdering one Miss Iniobong Umoren,” the statement reads in part.
“A notice of the victim’s disappearance was received by the Command on April 30, 2021.
“Following available leads, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, led by CSP Inengiye Igose, consolidated on the initial great progress made by the DPO Uruan, SP Samuel Ezeugo and arrested the perpetrator who confessed to have lured his victim to his house in the guise of giving her a job, but ended up sexually and physically assaulting her which led to her death. To cover his tracks, he dragged and buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.
“The deceased has been exhumed and deposited at UUTH for autopsy.
“The suspect confessed to have told his local government chairman of his atrocity before escaping to Calabar and was never at any time handed over to the Police by anyone.
“Suspect is a confessed serial rapist who has owned up to the raping of other victims. He will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Amienghene Andrew, has warned young people and job seekers to be careful of scammers and other underworld characters.
“While praising the contributions of the social media family and other anti-oppression activists, he has expressed his condolences to the deceased’s family and friends.”