Days after an alert was raised on social media after she was declared missing, Iniubong Umoren, a woman who went for a job interview in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has been found dead.
Umoh Uduak, who raised the alert of Iniubong’s disappearance on Twitter, confirmed her friend’s demise on Twitter on Sunday.
Uduak posted an emotionally laden video, crying profusely over the development. She later posted another tweet claiming that her friend was raped before she was killed and buried by her kidnappers.
The killed my friend and they buried my friend😭💔💔😂
— Happiness Activist (@UmohUduak1) May 2, 2021
Uduak had on 29 April posted a tweet, declaring that Iniubong, a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Uyo, had made a distress call to her, suspecting that her friend had been kidnapped while going to attend a job interview at Airport Road, Uyo.
Following subsequent tweets from Uduak, many Nigerians began a campaign for the return of the missing graduate under the hashtag #FindHinyUmoren.
Two days prior to when she was declared missing, the deceased had announced on Twitter that she was seeking a job.
Providing an update on the case on Sunday, the Akwa Ibom Police Command in a statement said it has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan in connection to the disappearance and death of Iniobong.
According to Odiko Macdon, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, the 20-year-old Akpan lured Umoren to his residence under the pretext of offering her a job before he raped, killed and buried the young graduate.
The police said Akpan kidnapped, sexually violated and subsequently buried the victim to cover up his atrocity.
The statement read: “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20 years old for kidnapping, raping and murdering one Miss Iniobong Umoren.
“On 30/04/2021, the Command received a report on the disappearance of the victim.
“Following available leads, men of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, led by CSP Inengiye Igosi, consolidated on the initial great progress made by the DPO Uruan, SP Samuel Ezeugo and arrested the perpetrator who confessed to have lured his victim to his house in the guise of giving her a job, but ended up sexually and physically assaulting her which led to her death.
“To cover his tracks, he dragged and buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.
“The deceased has been exhumed and deposited at UUTH (University Of Uyo Teaching Hospital) for autopsy.
“The suspect confessed to have told his Local Government Chairman of his atrocity before escaping to Calabar and was never at anytime handed over to the Police by anyone.
“Suspect is a confessed serial rapist who has owned up to the raping of other victims. He will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Amienghene Andrew, has called on youths and job seekers to be wary of the activities of scammers and other men of the underworld.
“While appreciating the efforts of the social media family and other fighters of injustice, he has condoled with the family and friends of the deceased.”