Uduak Frank Akpan is standing trial over the murder of Umoren, a fresh graduate of Philosophy from the University of Uyo, whom he allegedly lured, raped and murdered under the guise of offering her a job.
It could be recalled that Akpan, the prime suspect had at the beginning of the trial by Justice Bennett Illaumoh pleaded guilty to killing late Ms Umoren.
The court now presided over by Justice Bassey Nkanang has begun the trial and Akpan who appeared before the court alongside the 2nd accused(his father) and 3rd accused(Sister) made a surprise U-turn and pleaded not guilty to the two-count charges of murder and rape against him, The PUNCH reports.
His father, Frank Akpan and his sister, Anwan Bassey Akpan respectively pleaded not guilty to the charge of accessory before the fact and obstructing arrest.
The plea came even as the chairman of Uruan Local government area, Surveyor Iniobong Ekpeyong and one Kufre Effiong who were given witness summon appeared and gave evidence in court.
Justice Bassey Nkanang, who’s in charge of the trial, adjourned the case to Monday, November 15, 2021 and promised to give an accelerated hearing with a view to passing judgement before Easter, 2022.
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