Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, has admitted in evidence and marked as exhibit six, the statement of Uduak Frank Akpan, in which he confessed to the Police that he murdered Iniubong Umoren, a Philosophy graduate of University of Uyo, Uyo.
Akpan, a 20 year old undergraduate was said to have lured his victim, Ms Umoren to his house in Uruan LGA for a fake job interview on 30th April, 2021.
He was alleged to have subsequently raped her before murdering her in cold blood.
The presiding judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang in a trial within trial dismissed the allegation of involuntariness of the confessional statement by the first accused person, Uduak Akpan.
Justice Nkanang held that the confessional statement of Uduak Frank Akpan was freely and voluntarily made.
Recall that the Police Investigating Officer, Inspector Samuel Udo had on 16th November, 2021, while testifying in chief, sought to tender the confessional statement made by the accused person, Uduak Frank Akpan, but his Counsel, Sampson Adula objected to the admissibility of the statement on grounds of involuntariness.
“I have appraised the testimonies of the witnesses in this trial within trial and I have juxtaposed them with the requirements for challenging the admissibility of a document on grounds of involuntariness.
“The confession of the first accused person as set out in his contested statement of 30th April, 2021 is largely corroborated by the evidence of the Prosecution witnesses.
“The allegation by Uduak Frank Akpan that he made the confessional statement under duress is clearly a sloppy afterthought and when considered it side by side with the totality of the circumstances.
“The sole issue for determination herein is resolved in favour of the Prosecution and the allegation of the instant statement of the first accused person as raised, canvassed and escalated in this trial within trial by and on behalf of the first accused person is hereby discountenanced and dismissed.
“I am clearly of the view and I proceed to hold that the statement of the first accused person made to the Police at the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Uyo on the 30th April, 2021 sought to be tendered by the Prosecution was voluntarily made. It is hereby admitted in evidence and marked as Exhibit six”, Nkanang held.