The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan over the disappearance of an online job seeker, Iniobong Umoren.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Macdon, in a statement on Sunday, said 20-year-old Akpan lured Umoren to his residence under the pretext of offering her a job before he raped, killed and buried the young graduate.
The victim went missing while attending a job interview in Akwa Ibom on Thursday. She had earlier tweeted via her handle, @HinyHumoren, that she needed a job and some people had suggested prospective employers to her.
The killed my friend and they buried my friend😭💔💔😂— Happiness Activist (@UmohUduak1) May 2, 2021
But @UmohUduak1, who identified as the job seeker’s friend, raised the alarm on Thursday that her friend was nowhere to be found.
Her cries for help attracted the Twitter community which called on security agencies to find the victim. The hashtag, #FindHinnyHumoren, has since been trending on Twitter since Thursdays.
But in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Update On The Disappearance Of Miss Iniobong Ephraim Umoren’, the Akwa Ibom police said that Akpan kidnapped, sexually violated and subsequently buried the victim to cover up his atrocity.
The statement read, “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20 years old for kidnapping, raping and murdering one Miss Iniobong Umoren.
“On 30/04/2021, the Command received a report on the disappearance of the victim.
Jesus Christ pic.twitter.com/UmL59Pvm98— Happiness Activist (@UmohUduak1) May 2, 2021
“Following available leads, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, led by CSP Inengiye Igosi, 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 (University Of Uyo Teaching Hospital) for autopsy.”
The statement further said, “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 called on youths and job seekers to be wary of the activities of scammers and other men of the underworld.
“While appreciating the efforts of the social media family and other fighters of injustice, he has condoled with the family and friends of the deceased.”
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