Uruan Local Government chairman Surveyor INIOBONG EKPENYONG counters police press release over murder of Iniubong Umoren
Uruan Local Government Chairman, Surveyor INIOBONG EKPENYONG has reacted to police press release over murder of a job seeker, Iniubong Umoren, stating that the suspect, Uduak Friday Akpan, did not confess to him before escaping to Calabar as alleged by the police. Ekpenyong said in a statement signed by him that the quoted portion of the Press Statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) which noted that the suspect had confessed to him but was never handed to the police tends to portray him as having concealed such security information and this has been viewed as capable of smearing his hard earned reputation.
The Uruan council Chairman explained that he first came to knowledge of what turned out to be very a disturbing development on Friday, 29th April, 2021, when he received a call from one of his kinsmen stating that an elderly man in his community was arrested and detained by the Police on account of a crime allegedly committed by the man’s son who was reportedly wanted by the Police. He said the person was seeking his intervention to get the Police allow the man who was said to be in a dire medical condition access to his medication, stating that the Police had insisted on detaining him until the absconded son identified as Uduak Frank Akpan was produced.
The Chairman said he immediately swung into action for purpose of facilitating the arrest of the suspect and the effort paid off as the suspect who had earlier hinted that he was at a location in Oron Local Government Area was successfully arrested by the DPO of Uruan following trails facilitated by him and other machinery put in place by the Police.
He added that the suspect was still denying his role on the trending kidnap/abduction news but was persuaded to turn himself in, in order to clear his name, if his hands were clean as claimed by him. The council boss however said he was deeply saddened by the horrible incident and condoled with the family and friends of the victim.
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