The Akwa Ibom Police Command has exhumed the body of Miss Iniubong Umoren, a lady who was killed after she left her home in search of a job.
According to the state police spokesman, Odiko MacDon, Umoren’s body was exhumed from a shallow grave and deposited at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital morgue for autopsy.
The deceased was alleged to have on Thursday, April 29, 2021, went for a “job interview” at an undisclosed location on Airport Road in the outskirts of Uyo.
About two hours later, she reportedly made a frantic phone call where she was heard screaming before the call was abruptly ended. Her phone line has been switched off ever since.
Soon after, social media went viral with her story, which saw the internet being used to unmask her abductor.
24 hours later, Nigerians on social media provided evidence, locations, contacts, and almost everything needed to unmask her kidnapper hoping that the intelligence provided will help find the missing Iniobong Umoren and bring his abductor to justice.
The suspect was alleged to have taken the late Miss Umoren to his house where an argument ensured that he used an object to hit her on the head, resulting in her death. He was alleged to have hurriedly buried her in a shallow grave and ran to Oron to hide.
In a statement on Sunday, the police said it has exhumed the victim’s body for further investigation.
The statement read, “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. 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.”
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom’s Gov. Udom Emmanuel on Monday decried the murder of a job seeker, Miss Iniubong Umoren, in the state last Thursday.
Iniubong was allegedly murdered by one Uduak Akpan, who offered the deceased prospects of a job.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong, said in a statement issued in Uyo that the governor also commended the police for arresting Akpan and urged that justice be done accordingly.
“The Akwa Ibom state government is deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Miss Umoren, who was said to have been abducted, raped, assaulted and eventually murdered by Akpan.
“This news, which was conveyed by the police, is heart wrenching and most disturbing, considering the ages of the persons involved.
“The governor, while thanking the police for the arrest and interrogation of the suspect, has communicated his desire for the full administration of justice to the culprit and all persons involved.
“This is the least that will be acceptable.
“We condemn in totality the gruesome acts that led to the loss of the life of an innocent young woman whose sincere desire was to earn a decent living.
“Our state must remain a safe location for all peace-loving and law-abiding citizens at all times,’’ Ememobong stated.