On Monday, July 26th, 2021, the case against Uduak Frank Akpan, the suspected killer of Iniubong Ephraim Umoren, an Akwa Ibom job seeker, will begin in the Akwa Ibom state Hogh Court 6 in Uyo, the state capital.
According to a statement issued by the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Justice’s media section and signed by the ministry’s information officer, Effiong Edet, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Essien Udom (SAN), would lead the prosecution team.
The statement went on to say that the police investigating team exhumed the deceased’s remains, which were buried in a shallow grave, and discovered her mouth gagged, neck strangulated and squeezed, eyeballs bulging, and tongue protruding, all of which allegedly pointed irresistibly to one direction: murder.
The police had completed their investigations and forwarded the case file to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP), which was unable to act quickly due to the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria’s recently terminated strike (JUSUN).
Recall that Iniubong Umoren, a 26-year-old Philosophy graduate from the University of Uyo who was awaiting NYSC, ventured out to find work but was brutally murdered by the accused.