Uduak Akpan, Iniobong Umoren, the suspected assassin, pleaded guilty on Monday to the assassination charges brought against him. Together with his dad, Mr Akpan was arraigned at the Uyo State High Court.
He pleaded guilty to murder but pleaded not guilty to the rape charges.
News of Umoren as missing started on Twitter by a friend, with username @UmohUduak1, who had initiated the search for her missing friend on April 29. A few days later, news of Ms Umoren’s death was confirmed by the same user.
At the time, police announced that they had arrested two suspects believed to have played a role in the disappearance of Ms Umoren.
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command further confirmed that it arrested Mr Uduak Akpan, disclosing that the suspect lured the victim to his house in the guise of offering her job.
The command said the suspect raped the victim in his house and killed her, discarding her remains in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.
Mr Akpan had recounted his tale during a press conference in May, narrating how he lured, attempted to rape the deceased and eventually murdered Ms Umoren using blunt trauma force after she had tried to defend herself.
Ms Umoren had announced on Twitter on April 27 that she was in need of a job. She had posted through her Twitter handle, @HinyHumoren.
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