The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Akwa Ibom State has expressed shock over the rape and murder of Iniobong Umoren, a graduate of philosophy in the state and has called for the urgent prosecution of her killers.
Umoren was allegedly killed by one Uduak Akpan, 20, who reportedly lured her to his house in the guise of offering her a job.
The Police in the state announced in a press statement on Sunday that it had arrested the suspect and has commenced investigation.
In a statement signed by the State Chairperspn of NAWOJ, Uduak Ekong and the Secretary, Esther Effiong, the association described the incident as the height of wickedness against a fellow human being. While urging security agencies to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book, NAWOJ advised young Nigerians to be wary of suspicious job opportunities.
The statement read in parts, “NAWOJ has joined millions of Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora to condemn in very strong terms the callous and brutal killing of Iniobong Umoren, a young innocent girl ,who was simply seeking for a honest source of livelihood.
“The statement called on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to pull resources together and do everything within their power to ensure that the full weight of the law is meted out on the perpetrators of the heinous crime and all those who played whatever role in the death of the young girl.
“The Association also reminded security agencies not to treat the murder case with kid- gloves but ensure that justice prevails not just for her family but for all Nigerians who have been enraged, saddened and touched by the wicked act.
“The statement further prayed for the repose of the soul of young Iniobong and strength for the family to bear the huge loss while advising young Nigerians to be wary of suspicious job opportunities and individuals or groups who hide under the pretext of providing job opportunities to lure young Nigerians to their untimely deaths”.