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Murdered job seeker: Suspect’s father retracts statement, claims son is mentally deranged

Frank Akpan, father of the prime suspect in the murder of a certain Miss Imiubong Umoren, a graduate in philosophy from Uyo University (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, who was killed about a year ago during a alleged job search by a certain Uduak Frank Akpan, denied having knowledge of his son’s complicity in the affair.

Furthermore, her son, who previously admitted to luring the late Umoren under the guise of giving her a job, but later raped and murdered the deceased, denied the allegation.

A police investigation had led to the discovery of the corpse in a shallow grave in Akpan Compound in Uruan Local Government Area of ​​Akwa Ibom State, where police exhumed the corpse for autopsy.

But Mr. Frank Akpan, a retired civil servant and second defendant, who was testifying in his defense as an accomplice after the murder before a Uyo High Court presided over by the Hon. Judge Bassey Nkanang denied that the police ever exhumed Umoren’s remains from its compound.

Furthermore, he stated that his son had a mental health problem (schizophrenia) and was an outpatient at Uyo University Hospital.

Her testimony comes days after her son, Uduak Frank Akpan, the first defendant, denied knowing the late Iniubong Umoren or raping her or any other woman since birth.

Akpan told the court that on the day the said incident happened, he was at his high school classmate’s house in Uko Eshiet Street, Uyo and did not return home until around 7 p.m., so that his son tells her that there was an undisclosed medical emergency for which he advised her to wait until the next morning.

The defendant said his son then returned and told him he was going to Calabar before hearing a knock on the door of his house by officers from Uruan Division Headquarters who told him more late that they were looking for a missing woman.

He said he led the police around his house and was subsequently taken to the police anti-kidnapping unit, Uyo, where he was detained until his son was arrested. and himself released from police custody.

Regarding the text message he allegedly sent to his daughter’s phone stating “He was using a seaplane, he should not be talking about dying, but about escaping”, the defendant admitted that he had sent the text message but that he did not send it back to his son’s child. escape.

Mr. Frank Akpan is on trial for complicity after the fact of the murder, while his son, Uduak is charged with murder and rape and his daughter, Bassey Anwan, with harboring his brother at his residence in Calabar for the purpose of the help escape justice. .

Judge Bassey Nkanang adjourned the case to May 10 and 11, 2022, for the prosecution of the defense of the third defendant, the daughter of Mr. Frank Akpan.

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