Umoh Uduak, a friend to Iniubong Umoren, the Akwa Ibom job seeker who was raped and murdered, has said police operatives asked the family of the deceased to hire a van and fuel it before commencing investigation.
Umoren was found dead on Sunday, two days after she was declared missing by her family.
The Akwa Ibom State police command had thereafter apprehended one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20, for “kidnapping, countlessly raping, and then killing the victim”.
The suspect was said to have first buried the deceased in a shallow grave and fled.
The police later disclosed that Umoren’s remains had been exhumed and deposited at UUTH (University of Uyo Teaching Hospital) for autopsy while the investigation continued.
However, in an interview with Television Continental, Uduak recounted how her friend had kept her informed of her movements as she herself was travelling from Akwa Ibom to Lagos, where she was told to resume work on May 3.
According to her, Umoren’s sister had gone to the police station to report the case when she informed her of the development.
She said the police told the family that her friend had not been missing for up to 24 hours, prompting Umoren’s sister to return home.
Akpan had promised the deceased a job, fixed an appointment with her in Uyo where he raped and killed her.
Uduak revealed that a previous victim named Miriam reached out to her following Umoren’s death to reveal how “Akpan had similarly invited her only to drug, rape, photograph, and blackmail her with threats of posting her nudes online.”
She added that Miriam sent the address where the incident occurred, which was forwarded to the police who arrested Akpan’s father.
The main suspect would later turn himself in.
“A girl named Maryam said she was in that position with the same guy who chatted her for a job offer,” Uduak stated.
“She said, when she got there, the guy drugged her, gave her weed, raped her, took pictures of her saying if she reported the case, they are going to post it online. She said they used it to blackmail her for money.
“She gave me the address and it was there they arrested the father before he took himself to the station. The sister (of the deceased) had been told that Umoren was raped countless times. She later said Umoren had been killed.
“This is not a case of her going missing. Everyone knew where she went. She sent the address to her sister. She also sent the number of the caller (Akpan) to her sister. We got his picture. The father admitted it was his son.
“People were coming out to give their statement that he has been doing the same thing to other people. So why did the police delay as of two days ago to tell us she had been killed. We don’t know when exactly she was killed.”