As agitations for justice to be carried out for late Ini Umoren continues, the House of Representatives has mandated the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to “immediately commission and take over the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”
The House, at the plenary on Tuesday, condemned “in strong terms” the rape and gruesome murder of the young lady, a job-seeker in Akwa Ibom State who was lured by a fake potential employer.
Describing the incident as “barbaric, inhuman and despotic,” the House also mandated IGP to “ensure the protection of her family members from harassment, intimidation, and harm.”
The House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development was also asked to follow up with the investigation and prosecution; ensure compliance with the resolutions and report back to the chamber.
The resolutions were sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by the lawmaker representing Ukanafun/Oruk, Anam Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom, Mr Unyime Idem, titled ‘A Call for Comprehensive Investigation, Prosecution and Punishment of the Perpetrator(s) of the Kidnapping, S*xual Assault and Heinous Killing of Miss Iniubong Ephraim Umoren and the Need to Protect Her Family Members.’
Moving the motion on Tuesday, Idem said, “The House is cognisant that it has been reported that the assailant, upon his arrest by the police and subsequent voluntary confession, boasted that he is well connected and will be released from the police custody scot-free in a matter of days.
“The House is 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.
“The House regrets that the Nigeria Police Force has been reporting a surging high record in rape and gender violation across the country. Unfortunately, a very scary number of cases have been reported daily with thousands unreported. These acts are gross violations of human rights to dignity, life and sexuality.
“The House is concerned that the public outrage on account of rape and other violent crimes against women and the girl child should not go unpunished as a deterrent for the perpetrators and others nursing the thought to forestall future occurrence.”
Ini Umoren had gone missing while attending a job interview in Akwa Ibom on Thursday. She had earlier tweeted via her handle, @HinyHumoren, that she needed a job and some persons had suggested prospective employers to her.
But @UmohUduak1, who identified as the job seeker’s friend, raised the alarm on Thursday that her friend was nowhere to be found.
Her cries for help attracted the Nigerian Twitter community which called on security agencies to find the victim. The hashtag, #FindHinnyHumoren, trended for days on Twitter.
But the Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Sunday said it arrested Akpan in connection to the disappearance of the job seeker, adding that Akpan, a serial rap.ist, also confessed to have kidnapped, se.xually violated, killed and subsequently buried the victim to cover up his atrocities.
“The deceased has been exhumed and deposited at UUTH (University Of Uyo Teaching Hospital) for autopsy.”
The statement further said, “Suspect is a confessed serial rap.ist who has owned up to the rap.ing of other victims. He will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation,” Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Macdon, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Ini’s family has appealed to the Akwa Ibom Government to ensure that the perpetrator(s) of the dastard act are made to face the long arms of the law.
The deceased’s elder brother, Ukeme Umoren, made the appeal when a representative of governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom paid an unscheduled visit to the family at Ndot village in Oruk Anam Local Government Area to commiserate with them.
Ukeme explained to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem who represented the governor that they lost their parents while in secondary schools and had to struggle on their own to get western education up to university level.
He explained that the late Iniubong was waiting for her call up letter to proceed for national youth service when her life was snuffed off.
He appealed to the government to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous crime were brought to book as this will be the only succour to the family.
He said, “We welcome the Government of Akwa Ibom State into the family of late Ephraim Umoren. It is so pathetic to us, we are heartbroken, that our younger sister struggled so much to get an education to the University level to ensure better tomorrow. “We sent our younger sister to school and she was waiting to get her call-up letter to proceed to her National Youth Service assignment.
“She went to look for a job to keep herself going, pending the call-up letter, but the dream is shattered, we have lost our sister. However, I want to thank the government for coming to sympathise with us in this difficult moment.
“All we want is justice for our sister. Whoever is involved in this atrocity should be brought to book. I know the young man could not have done this alone.
“There are people behind the scene that sent him on this errand. We appeal to Akwa Ibom State Government that whosoever is involved in the gruesome murder of Iniubong Umoren should be brought to justice. We want Justice for our late sister, she was the last child in the family.”
The deceased’s brother also commended the state government and appealed to them not to abandon the family during this trying moment of their lives.
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