The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan for allegedly abducting a job seeker, Iniobong Umoren.
Spokesman for the police in the state, Odiko Macdon, in a statement issued on Sunday, said 20-year-old Akpan lured Umoren to his residence under the guise of offering her a job, where he raped, killed and buried her in a shallow grave.
Umoren went missing on Thursday. She had earlier tweeted via her Twitter handle, @HinyHumoren, that she had recently graduated and needed a job.
Her friend, @UmohUduak1, raised the alarm later that day, saying she got a distress call from Umoren whose phone was unreachable after.
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.
“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, “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.”