Umoren: Over 12 shallow graves uncovered at killer father’s compound


More revelations are unfolding as no fewer than 12 shallow graves have been uncovered in the compound of Mr. Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of one Miss Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of philosophy in the guise of offering her a job in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state

The suspect who is now under interrogation at the police Headquarters at Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo was alleged to have lured late Umoren to his place at Nnung Ikono Obio in Uruan Llocal Government Area (LGA) of the state.

He raped, killed, and eventually buried Umoren in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.

Irate youths of the community had stormed the compound, and vandalised the building using pebbles and stones after setting ablaze the security post of the one storey building.

It was gathered that the vandalisation started since on Tuesday night and its still ongoing as at press time even as it was alleged that the youths carted away properties in the compound and handed the boy’s father (whom they accused of being an accomplice) to the police.

When Blueprint correspondent visited the scene, Wednesday evening, about 12 shallow graves were seen in the large compound and bones suspected to be that of a child lying on the floor.

Also, old bags were seen scattered near the graves as the youths who conducted journalists round the compound claimed that they were used for packing human parts they buried.

The youths said the suspect and his family are strangers living in the community as their real community is Nnung Ikono Ufok in Uruan LGA.

One of the youths identified as Akpan Shadrach James told journalists that the family of the suspect erected the building about four years ago, and do not live there permanently but only come occasionally since they have another building in Uyo town and no body actually knew what they do inside the compound.

“People thought that they were living here, they don’t, they only come and go. They are from the next community. They don’t have friends in this community as their gate is always closed and they wrote the notice, ‘beware of dogs’ on their wall. We didn’t know that such a thing was happening here.

“We want government to investigate this matter and bring justice to that slain orphan. We are grieved with this incident and we don’t want this matter swept under the carpet.”

Also speaking, the youth President of the community,  Etubom Sunday Essien, said the youths were disappointment over the action, adding that such offence is not condoned in the community.

He said, “there is nothing happening apart from the one you have already heard. It’s not good for the boy to kill his fellow human being. We don’t know that, that is what he has been doing. We, the youths will never allow such thing to happen in our community. That is the reason we took this action.”

He however, exonerated the chairman of the LGA, Mr. Iniobong Ekpenyong, saying he played the role of a Chief Security Officer of council by calling on the police to arrest the culprit.

 The Chairman of the local had earlier issued a press release distancing himself from insinuations of being party to the incident.


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