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

A suspect, Uduak Frank Akpan, 20 years previous has been arrested for the crime and in accordance with 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 ample to make sure profitable prosecution, he famous that the police wants the physique for correct investigation.

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

The Lawyer famous that the principle 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 fees. Nonetheless, regardless of the preliminary confession, the case continues to be on the trial stage.

Citing Part 6(2b) of the administration of the legal justice act he defined that the act offers {that a} suspect needs 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 essential than releasing the corpse. It might taint the complete case.

“Akwa Ibom already domesticated the ACJA, so the query needs 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 should be there when he was making that assertion,” he stated.

He defined additional that the controversy over the physique of the deceased particular person shouldn’t be wanted in the meanwhile.

“The household ought to enable the police to conduct the post-mortem, the assertion shouldn’t be sufficient. They will sue the police to demand the physique, but when the police ought to inform the courtroom that they’re nonetheless conducting the investigation, the courtroom will enable them.”

The time of trial can also be an enormous downside so far as trial is worried. Mr Banigbe stated trials might final for years resulting from inadequate judges to deal with instances.

“Some legal instances can last as long as 10 years on the Excessive Court docket resulting from our system. The judges are usually not a lot and every choose handles like 100 instances at a time. The lacuna in our legal guidelines can also be a severe concern.

“Though with good attorneys, he might drag the case by shopping for time. Even if you happen to ought to file a case now from the Court docket of Enchantment to the Supreme Court docket, you gained’t get a date until 2023.

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

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 instances not get to the Supreme Court docket because of the restricted variety of Justices on the Apex Court docket. Nonetheless, the invoice was rejected.

One other authorized practitioner, Henry Kelechukwu argued that the crime is towards the state, subsequently, the state has the best to analyze.

“Crime is towards the state, although there’s a nominant complainer. The state has the best 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 determine if a household shouldn’t be even concerned within the crime.”

Whereas the danger 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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