The trial of Uduak Frank Akpan in connection with the murder of Iniubong Umoren resumed on Wednesday, April 7, 2022 at Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, the state capital with the accused person denying knowing the victim, whose body was said to have been exhumed from his father’s residence in Uruan, April, 2021.
Akpan, who is standing trial on a two count charge of murder and rape, was giving evidence as he opened his defense after the Prosecution closed its case.
He told the Court that he got to know about the name “Iniubong Umoren” when he was served with the proceedings of the trial while in Prison custody.
The 21-year-old also denied raping anyone since he was born.
According to him, “My Lord, I do not know Miss Iniubong Umoren. I only came to know that name when I was served with the proceedings of this trial at the Prison.
For the second charge of rape, my Lord, I do not know anything about rape. I have never raped anybody before. I pleaded guilty because I had fever on that day and my IPO’s influence in the Court.”
On why he pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him during his initial arraignment before the first trial judge, Justice Bennett Ilaumoh, in July, 2021, Uduak Frank Akpan said he had fever on that day that was why he accepted.
After hearing the evidence, the trial judge,
Justice Bassey Nkanang ordered that Uduak Frank Akpan who is standing trial with his father, the second accused person, Mr. Frank Akpan and his sister, the third accused, be remanded in Uyo Correctional Centre till the next adjourned date.
The case has been adjourned to Monday, 11th April, 2022 by the presiding judge.