The father of suspected rapist and killer, Uduak who confessed to killing job seeker Iniubong Umoren in Akwa Ibom State, Frank Akpan, has said his son should face the full wrath of the law and the penalty for his crime, even if it entails death, then so be it.
Iniubong Umoren was a 25-year-old job seeker, who was lured, raped and eventually killed in the course of attending an interview initiated by Uduak.
Following his arrest, Uduak had confessed to the crime and has said he was ready to die if found guilty.
Uduak and his father were paraded by Akwa Ibom Police Command on Friday, May 14, 2021.
Speaking to journalists, Uduak’s father stated that he was disappointed in his son.
He also said that he is ready to accept whatever penalty the law decides to punish his son with, even if it’s death.
“I have never believed such a thing could happen to me because I brought these children up in a righteous way. The police stormed my house in search of Uduak but didn’t see him. I was invited to come and answer some questions at the police station and when I got to the station, I was asked to call him.
“When he came back to Akwa Ibom, I was allowed to interact with him and that was when he told me that he committed an offence.
“I was disappointed; I scolded him and asked why he committed such a sacrilegious crime, knowing fully well he has two sisters that are equally students and are both in school.
“I felt bad because I know they are women too, and I wouldn’t want such fate to befall them”.
He said the claim that the house is always locked and abandoned is not true because there is a borehole in the compound and all the residents around there go to fetch water from the compound.
Continuing, he said:
“It’s just unfortunate that this had to happen. I never knew that this is what he does and I’m not in any way involved in this particular act.
“I was never aware of his previous acts because I haven’t fully been with them. We just relocated from Abuja and I also retired because I was a government worker. I haven’t been around for close to 30 years now”.
Frank Akpan said he is not happy about what his child did, adding that he does not even believe this can happen to his family after all the years of toiling to send his children to school and ensure they get the best.
Looking crest-fallen, he said it depends on the system and if the law prescribes death as penalty for his crime, then his son should face the full weight of the law.