New trial judge adopts accelerated hearing for murdered Iniobong Umoren case

The new trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang of Akwa Ibom state High court 9, sitting in Uyo the state capital on Tuesday issued a warrant compelling the Correctional Service to produce one Anwan Bassey Akpan, the 3rd accused in Umoren’s murder case, in court on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

The order followed her absence in court at the resumed hearing after she was arrested and detained for allegedly obstructing the arrest of his brother, Uduak Akpan, the first accused in the case.

Uduak Akpan, is standing trial along with his father, Frank Akpan who is listed as second accused over the murder of one Miss Iniobong Umoren, a Philosophy graduate of the University of Uyo, whom he lured, raped, and killed in the pretext of offering her a job.

The State Solicitor-General, Christopher. J. Udoh, had during the proceedings prayed the Court to issue the production warrant since the third accused person was not in court.

He also informed the Court that the initial charge filed in June has been substituted with an amended one filed on October 29, 2021, in order to join the third accused person who was arrested recently to the suit.

The two Counsels to the defendants in the matter, Emms Ekongson, and Samson Adula however did not raise any objection to the prayers by the prosecution counsels.

Justice Nkanang, who is resuming in the court after the former justice, Bennett Illaumo was substituted, also ordered that a witness summon be served to the Chairman Uruan local government council, Surveyor Iniobong Ekpenyong at his Ewet Housing resident in Uyo and one Kufre Michael Effiong of No 16 Esuene Street, Uyo.

The new judge promised to follow the trial dates of his predecessor and adjourned the case to November 4, 2021, for plea taking and for pre-trial.

Speaking with Journalists, the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko (SAN), expressed happiness over the seriousness that the state government has attached to the case.

“This case has a great deal of public interest, and I am representing the interest of Ati Annang Socio-cultural organization, from the ethic extraction where the deceased came from. We are going to follow up on the proceedings up to the end of the matter.

“I am very happy today that His Lordship, the new trial Judge who is just resuming new in this court has done something very unique. One, he has decided to sustain all the dates that his predecessor adjourned the case before, which is about 10-days.

“Two, we now have the principal accused person, with the father, and the sister charged together for complicity in the death of our dear sister Iniubong Umoren. Right now the Prosecution team is led by one of the best, the Solicitor General of the state.

” And that shows the level of seriousness that the government is attaching to this matter. And as a Socio-cultural organization also representing the family of the deceased, we are interested in getting to the bottom of the case.

“Good enough there is an amendment to the charge. The initial charge carried two names, which were the main accused person and the father. Now the sister has been added”

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