A staff of the Department of Security Services, DSS, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Ama Okeke has given evidence before state High court sitting in Uyo, of how the first accused person in the murder of late Miss Iniubong Umoren, Uduak-Abasi Akpan raped and murdered the diseased in his house
Okeke who appeared in court as the 10th Prosecution Witness (PW10) said the three accused persons made their confessional statements voluntarily to the Special Incident Response Unit of the DSS, Uyo which was video recorded.
He told the court that Uduak Akpan in his confessional statement narrated how late Umoren refused to have sex with him which made him struggle with her adding that in the process, he observed that the deceased (Iniubong Umoren) has already sent a voice note to someone that he did not know.
He added that in frustration, the deceased accepted to have sex with the accused on the condition that he wears a condom but later attacked him (Uduak) with an iron nearby as soon as he removed the condom he wore.
He said Uduak told them that to ensure the deceased did not shout, he took a black cloth and stuffed it into her mouth and tied it. He said he then used a standby stabilizer to hit her on the abdomen which made the deceased bleed profusely.
The DSS officer said Uduak told them that at that point, he used the jeans trouser of the deceased to strangle her, dug a 3feet grave and buried her at about 13:00hours to 20:00hours on the 29th of April, 2021 adding that the first accused told them that the second accused person, Frank Akpan who is his father was not around when the incident happened.
He said Uduak told them that the following day when he opened his Facebook page, he saw to his dismay news with his picture and that of late Iniubong Umoren trending that he was the one that kidnapped her.
He said out of fear, Uduak ran to Calabar to hide in his sister’s house who is standing as the third accused in the trial adding that the investigative team was able to travel to Calabar where they tracked and recovered the Samsung galaxy phone that belonged to the deceased adding that those arrested with the phone are standing trial also.
The trial Judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang admitted the Samson Galaxy phone in evidence by the prosecution and marked it as Exhibit 13.
But the lawyer to the accused, Samson Adula raised an objection insisting that his client made the statement out of compulsion.
Justice Nkanang, however, adjourned the case till February 15, for a trial within- trial to determine the claim of involuntariness of the statement.