The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Andrew Amiegheme has dispelled the rumour that Uduak Frank Akpan the suspected killer of a job seeker in the State, late Iniubong Umoren has died.
The Commissioner made the rebuttal on Thursday in a telephone conversation with our correspondent in Uyo, the state capital at the wake of trending online report that the suspect committed suicide while in custody.
CP Amiegheme who described the rumour as the figment of the writer’s imagination wondered why some people would derive pleasure in peddling falsehood.
He added that the police would not be distracted with speculations noting that the command would ensure discreet investigation into the matter.
His words, ”It is not true that Uduak Akpan has committed suicide. The suspect is in our custody. May be he committed suicide in the bedrooms of those peddling the rumour, or maybe he committed suicide on social media. This is not true please!”
Recall that it has been trending on the social media since on Wednesday that Uduak Akpan committed suicide at the Akwa Ibom police headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, the State capital while in detention.
The rumour had it that the suspect allegedly hung himself using his trousers by tying it to the metal frame of his cell door.
Many reactions had since trailed the report as many social media users have vilified the command saying it has some questions to answer on the purported death.
Some expressed fear that late Umoren would no longer get justice as the suspected killer, Uduak Akpan has allegedly committed suicide.
The rumour as obtained from social media read thus; “Alleged killer of Hiny Umoren commits Suicide in police custody
“Frank Akpan , the uyo based young man who’s alleged to have carried out the gruesome murder of the innocent job seeker, Hiny Umoren was this morning found dead in the police at Ikot Akpanabia State command. He had hung himself using his trousers by tying it to the metal frame of his cell door. Akpan was last seen alive by 19.30 yesterday when he was served his evening meal of bread and edikangikong soup.
“With the unfortunate demise of Akpan , it’s unlikely that the deceased Hiny Umoren will ever get justice for her gruesome murder.”