Reps directs IGP to take over the investigation of Iniobong Umoren’s death

By our reporter| The house of representatives on Tuesday asked Usman Baba, acting inspector-general of police (IGP), to take over the investigation into the killing of Iniobong Umoren, after it emerged that her alleged killer boasted that he is well connected and will be freed in a matter of days.

The resolution was passed following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Unyime Idem, a lawmaker from Akwa Ibom.

Umoren, a female job seeker, was declared missing after leaving home to meet a Twitter user over a potential job offer in Akwa Ibom.

Her friend, Uduak Umoh raised an alarm after her whereabouts became unknown, and on Sunday broke the news of her death.

The state police command arrested a suspect, Uduak Akpan, who was said to have confessed to sexually and physically assaulting the deceased.

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Hon Idem who raised the matter at plenary on Tuesday, alleged that the suspect had “boasted that he is well connected and will be released from the police custody scot-free in a matter of days”.

According to him, the family members of the deceased have received calls and threats to withdraw the case.

Idem said, “Bothered that the family members of the deceased have reportedly raised an alarm of receiving strange phone calls and threats of various degrees and have been asked to withdraw the case”.

Idem added that perpetrators of rape and other violent crimes against women and girls should be severely punished to serve as deterrent to others.

The motion was unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.

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The lower legislative chamber while urging the IGP to ensure the protection of the family members of the deceased from harassment, intimidation, and harm, also mandated its committee on women affairs and social development to ensure compliance.

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