Iniubong Umoren's suspected killer makes a U-turn, pleads not guilty

He was subsequently arrested and reportedly taken into police custody.
Iniubong Umoren's suspected killer makes a U-turn, pleads not guilty
Umoren and her alleged killerFILE

The suspected killer of 20-year-old undergraduate, Iniubong Umoren, Uduak Akpan, has made a volte-face on his earlier confession after he pleaded not guilty to the murder and rape charges brought against him.

WuzupNigeria reported in May 2021 that Akpan confessed to luring, killing and burying the deceased in a shallow grave in Akwa Ibom state.

He was subsequently arrested and reportedly taken into police custody.

The suspect, who appeared in court on Thursday changed his plea to “not guilty” after the prosecuting witnesses, Chairman of Uruan Local Government of the state, Surveyor Iniobong Ekpeyong and his cousin, Kufre Effiong, gave evidence in court.

Uduak’s father and second accused person, Frank Akpan, and his sister the third accused, Bassey Anwan Akpan, have also pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of sheltering Uduak despite knowing he murdered Iniubong Umoren.

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to Monday, November 15, 2021, and the presiding judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang, promised to accelerate the court hearing with a view to pass judgement before Easter, 2022.

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