The ugly homicide of Iniobong Umoren, a job seeker in Akwa Ibom State is producing anguish on social media, as particulars of her demise proceed to emerge

A suspect, Uduak Frank Akpan, 20 years outdated has been arrested for the crime and in response to the police, Akpan lured the suspect to a home underneath the guise of offering the sufferer a job after she answered an advert on Twitter.

Whereas the police have exhumed the sufferer’s physique for an post-mortem, the Police Public Relations Officer within the State, SP Odiko Macdon, stated the suspect confessed to the crime.

Nonetheless, the household of the deceased is demanding the discharge of her physique, regardless of the police claiming it’s important to the continuing investigation.

Talking with DAILY POST, a state prosecutor on the Kwara State Ministry of Justice, Babatunde Banigbe stated the confessionary assertion of the suspect was not enough to make sure profitable prosecution, he famous that the police wants the physique for correct investigation.

He added that the police must hold the household knowledgeable of all investigations.

The Lawyer famous that the primary problem for the case is time, utilizing the occasion of the Kidnap kingpin, Evans an instance.

Evans Chukwudi was arrested in 2017 for kidnapping and presently dealing with 56 rely expenses. Nonetheless, regardless of the preliminary confession, the case continues to be on the trial stage.

Citing Part 6(2b) of the administration of the felony justice act he defined that the act offers {that a} suspect ought to be made to put in writing his assertion within the presence of his lawyer.

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To Banigbe, this little technicality is extra necessary than releasing the corpse. It may taint the whole case.

“Akwa Ibom already domesticated the ACJA, so the query ought to be, was a lawyer there when he made the confessionary assertion? As a result of he can declare the assertion was made underneath duress.

“His lawyer or members of the family have to be there when he was making that assertion,” he stated.

He defined additional that the controversy over the physique of the deceased individual is just not wanted for the time being.

“The household ought to permit the police to conduct the post-mortem, the assertion is just not sufficient. They’ll sue the police to demand the physique, but when the police ought to inform the court docket that they’re nonetheless conducting the investigation, the court docket will permit them.”

The time of trial can be an enormous drawback so far as trial is anxious. Mr Banigbe stated trials may final for years resulting from inadequate judges to deal with circumstances.

“Some felony circumstances can last as long as 10 years on the Excessive Courtroom resulting from our system. The judges will not be a lot and every choose handles like 100 circumstances at a time. The lacuna in our legal guidelines can be a critical problem.

“Though with good attorneys, he may drag the case by shopping for time. Even in case you ought to file a case now from the Courtroom of Attraction to the Supreme Courtroom, you gained’t get a date until 2023.

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“The case might be dragged for six to 7years on the Excessive Courtroom, one other one yr and 6months on the Attraction Courtroom.”

By the way, a invoice to rectify this was rejected by the Home of Representatives, final month, it was the constitutional alteration invoice sponsored by Luke Onofiok from Akwa Ibom State.

The invoice proposed that sure circumstances not get to the Supreme Courtroom because of the restricted variety of Justices on the Apex Courtroom. Nonetheless, the invoice was rejected.

One other authorized practitioner, Henry Kelechukwu argued that the crime is towards the state, due to this fact, the state has the appropriate to research.

“Crime is towards the state, although there’s a nominant complainer. The state has the appropriate to guard the life of each citizen, together with the lady earlier than she was killed by the boy.

“The state’s responsibility to guard life is what the state is doing. The state (Police) should additionally resolve if a household is just not even concerned within the crime.”

Whereas the chance of delay is important, the authorized consultants opined that the probabilities of Mr Akpan not getting most sentence is slim, however the hazard continues to be forward particularly with the battle over her corps


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