n Akwa Ibom High Court sitting in Uyo has been told how the suspected killer of Iniubong Umoren, Uduak Akpan, stuffed the deceased with a black cloth to cover her mouth and prevent her from shouting.
Testifying before the trial Judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang, a member of staff of the Department of State Services, Akwa Ibom State Command, Ama Okeke, tendered evidence.
The DSS officer, who appeared in court as the 10th Prosecution Witness, told the court that the first, second and third accused persons made their statements voluntarily on June 3, 2021, June 11, 2021, and September 23, 2021, respectively.
Okeke pointed out that both the first and second accused persons were transferred to the DSS station, with their phones used for detailed analysis.
According to the DSS officer, “In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the first accused person (Uduak-Abasi Akpan) had a conversation with the late Iniubong Umoren.
The deceased repeatedly asked if he wanted to kill her and that he had told her only if she would allow him to have sex with her
“My Lord, the first accused person (Uduak-Abasi Akpan) told our investigation team that Iniubong Umoren refused to have sex with him and struggled with him. He also told us that while the deceased was struggling with him that he observed that she sent a voice note to someone but didn’t know who she sent the voice note.
“The first accused person also said the deceased repeatedly asked if he wanted to kill her and that he had told her only if she would allow him to have sex with her. He also told us that even when he overpowered the deceased, she told him that she would allow him only if he used a condom.
“The first accused person also told the investigation team that in the process of having sex with the deceased, he removed the condom and the deceased started struggling with him again. He said while he was still on top of the deceased, she carried iron and hit him on the forehead.
“He said that, in order not for the deceased to shout, he, Uduak-Abasi, now collected a black cloth, stuffed it into her mouth, and tied her mouth. He said he then used a standby stabilizer and hit her on the abdomen. From that point, the first accused said the deceased started bleeding profusely. He told us that he became afraid as if she had already died.
He also said late Iniubong Umoren was not the first person he had lured to his house in Nung Ikono Obio