Umoren’s Murder: CP commends officers for preventing convict’s escape after judgment
THE Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, has commended the officers of the command for preventing Uduak-Abasi Akpan, who was convicted on Thursday for the murder of Iniubong Umoren, from fleeing after the verdict.
Mr. Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer, made the announcement in a statement.
In a statement titled “Iniubong Umoren-Justice at Last,” released to the media on Friday in Uyo, Durosinmi expressed delight at the serial rapist and murderer’s conviction.
His words: “The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Olatoye Durosinmi has received with great delight the news of the conviction of Mr. Uduak Frank Akpan, the notorious rapist and murderer.
“The suspect who was arrested by the Police Command on 30th April, 2021 in connection with the rape and murder of Miss Iniubong Umoren has today, August the 4th, 2022 been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court, vindicating the stance of the Police.
“The CP applauds the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom State Command for the swift arrest and a thorough investigation and for again promptly overpowering him (Uduak-Abasi) today as he attempted to escape after the judgement was given, the Judiciary for their dexterity and the good people of Akwa Ibom State for their patience and resilience.
“We remain committed to sparing no resources in ensuring that we bring to book perpetrators of violent crimes and other forms of criminalities in the state within the shortest possible time”
The convict Uduak-Abasi rushed out of the dock where he was seated alongside his father and sister, attacked and attempted to strangle a lawyer inside the courtroom, and then attempted to flee through a nearby door.
The scenario had caused a commotion and panic in the courtroom, but security personnel, including police and prison officials, moved quickly and overpowered him, dragging him into the prison vehicle and whisking him away from the premises.
After finding him guilty of murder, the trial judge, justice Bassey Nkanang, sentenced Uduak-Abasi, the first defendant in Iniubong Umoren’s murder case, to be hung until he died, as well as life imprisonment for the offense of rape preferred against him.
However, Justice Nkanang had discharged and acquitted his father and sister, Frank Akpan and Anwan-Bassey Akpan, the second and third defendants, respectively, on the grounds that the prosecuting counsel had not provided sufficient evidence that they had assisted the first defendant in evading justice.
Remember that the Akwa Ibom State government charged the trio with four counts of rape, murder, and accessory to murder after the fact.
The late miss Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) popularly known as ‘Jobseeker,’ was lured with a job offer, raped, murdered, and buried in a shallow grave by the convict in April 2021, while she was awaiting the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.