Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has condemned the rape and murder of a job seeker, Iniubong Umoren, in the state last Thursday.
Naija News recalls that 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.
But in a statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, the governor also commended the police for arresting Akpan and urged that justice be done accordingly.
He, however, commiserated with the deceased family and prayed to God to comfort its members.
The statement reads: “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.”