Ini Umoren : Court Lists More Suspects, Fixes Nov 4 For Hearing - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Ini Umoren : Court Lists More Suspects, Fixes Nov 4 For Hearing


     •Late Miss Umoren & suspected                                  killer


The Daily Crucible | Published Wednesday,  November 3, 2021

 Akwa Ibom State High Court, on Tuesday, named Basseyanwan Akpan as an accomplice to the crime, savage attack and murder of the jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren.

The presiding Justice Bassey Nkanang also issued a summons for the Chairman of Uruan Local Government Area, Iniubong Ekpenyong, to appear before it in connection with Miss Umoren murder.

Justice Nkanag took over the case from Justice Bennet Illaumo following the transfer of the latter from the court.

The Daily Crucible reports months back how job-seeking Miss Umoren was allegedly lured out of her comfort zone, assaulted, raped and murdered by Uduak Akpan.

At a resumed hearing on the matter on Tuesday, prosecution counsel and Solicitor General of Akwa Ibom State, Christopher Udoh, amended the suit and added Miss Akpan as an accomplice to the murder.

The third accused, Miss Akpan is the sister to the self-confessed murderer Uduak, and is being charged among other things, for making it difficult for his brother to be arrested.

Mr. Frank Akpan, the father of the two children had earlier been named as the second accused person in the suit.

With the naming of Miss Akpan as the third accused, the state counsel formally sought leave of the court to amend the information earlier filed.

Justice Nkanang granted the application and called for a fresh arraignment in order for the three accused persons to take their pleadings.

He, however, fixed Thursday, November 4, for the fresh plea as well as the commencement of pretrial hearing.

Addressing journalists shortly after the adjournment of the court, 

The immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Uwemedimo Nwoko, expressed the hope that the case may be concluded before Christmas.

Mr. Nwoko, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was appointed by the socio-cultural group, Ati Annang to hold a watching brief for both the claimants and the ethnic group of the deceased.

He hinted that the court would give an accelerated hearing to the case since there are not many witnesses to be examined in the course of the trial.

“I want to commend the trial judge for sustaining the earlier dates of appearances fixed by the former trial judge and his willingness to commence in-house trial immediately after the expected fresh arraignment on Thursday,” said Mr. Nwoko.

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