- The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has denied any link with the killing of Iniubong Umoren
- Akpabio also said he is not the owner of the hotel where the jobseeker's murderer checked in after the crime
- Senator Akpabio's position was made public in a statement released by his lawyer, Otobong Inyang
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Senator Godswill Akpabio and his wife, Ekaete, have reacted to a publication by David Hundeyin, a journalist, which accused them of being linked to the alleged killer of Iniubong Umoren, an Akwa Ibom jobseeker.
In a statement released on Friday, May 14, the couple threatened to sue Hundeyin and stated clearly that they do not own the hotel where the suspected murderer of Umoren, Frank Uduak Akpan, reportedly contacted a worker in the Niger Delta civil service, Kufre Effiong, The Punch reports.
The rebuttal signed by Akpabio's lawyer, Otobong Inyang, denied the duo's knowledge of any relationship between Effiong and Akpan and threatened to sue the journalist, Premium Times reports.
It said in part:
"Senator Akpabio does not know, has never met and has never had any contact whatsoever with him. Neither Sen Godswill Akpabio nor his wife, Ekaette Akpabio had anything whatsoever to do with the horrific death of Iniobong Umoren.
“Secondly, neither Davok Suites (which is a corporate entity) nor the land housing it belongs to Ekaete Akpabio.
“Indeed, a proper search at the Corporate Affairs Commission would have disclosed to you that Ekaete Akpabio is neither one of the Directors nor Shareholders of Davok Suites.”
Earlier, Umoren, who went missing after she left her home to hunt for a job in Uyo, the state capital, had been reportedly found dead.
The young lady's friend, Uduak Umoh, with the handle @Umohuduak1, confirmed her death in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday, May 2. According to her, the criminals killed and buried her friend.
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The lady had raised an alarm on Twitter on Thursday, April 29, over the disappearance of her friend, Umoren.
According to Umoh, the deceased had gone for a job interview at an undisclosed location along airport road in Uyo, the state capital.
Some hours later, she got a frantic call from Umoren and that was the last time she heard from her as the phone was switched off.