The Chairman of Uruan Local Government, Surveyor Iniobong Ekpenyong, took to the witness box in an Uyo High Court, to give evidence as to how he facilitated the arrest of his cousin, UduakAbasi Frank Akpan, after he allegedly murdered Miss Iniubong Umoren in Nung Ikono Obio, Uruan, in April this year.
Surveyor Iniobong Ekpenyong said he learned about the murder of Miss Iniobong Umoren when his attention was drawn to social media posts on 30th April 2021, that the second accused person and father to the first accused, Mr. Frank Akpan has been arrested.
The Uruan Council Chairman narrated that he received calls from various quarters, asking him to intervene because the second accused person, a retired Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health, had an ailment, which needed medication.
He said it was at that point, that he called his cousin, one Kufre Effiong, the Uruan Divisional Police Officer, and one DSP Akwa, who all converged on his Ewet Housing Estate residence.
According to the Surveyor, it was at that point that Kufre Effiong then called the first accused who appeared to confess that he murdered Iniubong Umoren, by hitting her with an object.
Surveyor Ekpenyong was cross-examined by the Defense Counsel, Mr. Sampson Adula, and Mr. Emms Ekongson before the second prosecution witness; Kufre Effiong gave his testimony, corroborating the evidence of Surveyor Iniobong Ekpenyong.
Surveyor Ekpenyong, who is the first Prosecution Witness in the matter, was giving his evidence at the commencement of the trial of UduakAbasi Frank Akpan, who is charged with his father, Mr. Frank Akpan, and his sister, Bassey Anwan Akpan, for the murder of Iniubong Umoren.
The evidence of the Local Government Chairman is coming as all the three family members pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge of murder, rape, and accessory to the fact of the case.
At the first arraignment in July this year, UduakAbasi Frank Akpan pleaded guilty to the murder of Iniubong Umoren, when he appeared before the former trial judge, Justice Bennet Illaumoh, who has been transferred to Itu Judicial Division.
Before adjourning the case to Monday, 15th November 2021, the presiding judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang said the matter will be given an accelerated hearing with at least two witnesses giving evidence on each adjourned date.