- After being sentenced to death for killing Iniobong Umoren, Uduak Akpan made a dramatic move, trying to run away
- Though Akpan was overpowered by the security operatives, the development created a mild confusion at the Akwa Ibom state high court, where he was convicted
- The 21-year-old was sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of Umoren, a young job seeker
Uyo, Akwa Ibom state - Uduak Akpan, the convicted killer of Akwa Ibom job seeker, Iniobong Umoren, attempted to escape after being sentenced to death at the Akwa Ibom state high court on Thursday, August 4.
The development created confusion in the court as the convict made the escape attempt shortly after the sentence was announced by the trial judge.
Akpan came out of the dock and immediately grabbed a lawyer by the neck before the security operatives swooped on him, grabbed, and beat him, causing a stir in the court, The Punch reported.
Iniobong Umoren: How Akpan was convicted
The court, sitting in Uyo, the state capital, sentenced the 21-year-old Akpan to death by hanging for the murder of Umoren.
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The court also found the accused guilty of r*ape and accordingly sentenced him to life imprisonment for having carnal knowledge of the deceased whom he lured to his father’s house in Uruan local government in April 2021 under the pretext of offering her a job, The Punch reported.
Delivering judgement, the trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang, discharged and acquitted the convict's father, Frank Akpan and sister, Anwan Bassey (2nd and 3rd defendant), accused of accessory after the fact to murder, respectively.
“This court has proved beyond reasonable doubts that you ,Uduak Akpan is guilty of murder and you are charged accordingly. You are to die by hanging until you rot away.”
Iniobong Umoren: Akwa Ibom's justice commissioner reacts
Speaking after the judgement, the State Attorney general and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Uko Udom, expressed satisfaction over the ruling on the matter
“I thank the presiding judge over the way and manner this matter has been conducted. The judge was able to take a day out, tried the case on a day-to-day basis and at the end of the day, we had a judgement that the justice system works. We are very happy about the outcome of the case."
He said the state will "analyze that judgement and see if there are any grouse and take a decision but the judge has done a good job.”
Commenting on the attempted escape of the convict, the Justice commissioner said he was not surprised at his behaviour
“It’s not something to be surprised about. Someone that committed such gruesome offences and I’m not surprised for him to do something as bad as he did here but the security officials were very alert and attentive, that was why they stopped him.
“I won’t fail to commend the officers of the Nigeria police force and the DSS for their diligence in the prosecution of the matter, they did great jobs in the investigation though sometimes the public especially on social media accuse them of complicity but they have done well,” the commissioner said.
Justice served: Uduak Akpan's reacts
Reacting to the judgement, counsel to Uduak Akpan, Barr Samson Adula, said a lot of people were interested in justice in the matter, adding that justice had been served.
“All we are interested in is justice, and justice has been done, the person that was supposed to be convicted has been convicted, the other two defendants were discharged and acquitted, that is justice of the case. The work of defence counsel is to ensure the rules were followed and not to defend at all cost,” he said.
I am satisfied with the judgement, Iniobong Umoren's brother reacts
Reacting, the elder brother to the deceased, Ephraim Umoren, expressed satisfaction in the judgement and commended Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Mrs Martha Emmanuel for their support to the family.
“I’m happy that justice has already been done and I want to thank the governor and the wife for standing by us,” he said.
While hailing the judgement, the deceased elder sister, Ifiok Umorem, called on both the state and federal governments to provide employment for the teeming youths to address youth unemployment in the country.
Iniubong Umoren: How I killed Akwa Ibom job seeker, Akpan confesses
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Akpan narrated the circumstances surrounding Umoren's death when he was paraded on by the Akwa Ibom state police command on Friday, May 14, 2021.
Akpan, who was paraded alongside his father, told journalists in a video shared on Twitter by EKA @Lionezz__ that he killed the girl in self-defence and not intentionally.
The suspect said after he invited Iniubong Umoren for a fictitious job, he admitted to her that the job never existed. According to Akpan, he and the lady were about to have consensual l*ovemaking when things escalated.