The police in Akwa Ibom have arrested one Uduak Frank Akpan in connection with the death of Iniobong Umoren, a female job seeker discovered buried in a shallow grave.
Akpan is charged with kidnapping, raping, and murdering the girl.
Okido Macdon, the spokesperson for the Akwa Ibom police command, said on Sunday that Akpan admitted to luring Umoren to his house under the guise of offering her a job.
He was also quoted as saying that after her death, he sexually and physically assaulted her.
Macdon added in a statement that the suspect subsequently buried the victim in a grave in his father’s house.
“The perpetrator who confessed to have lured his victim to his house in the guise of giving her a job, but ended up sexually and physically assaulting her which led to her death. To cover his tracks, he dragged and buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound,” the statement read.
“The deceased has been exhumed and deposited at UUTH for autopsy. The suspect confessed to have told his local government chairman of his atrocity before escaping to Calabar and was never at any time handed over to the Police by anyone.
“Suspect is a confessed serial rapist who has owned up to the raping of other victims. He will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.”
Umoren was last seen on April 29 when she left the house to meet a Twitter user over a potential job offer.
She was said to have been invited by one Frank Ezekiel Akpan regarding the job, after which she became unreachable.
Uduak Umoh, Umoren’s friend who had raised an alarm after her whereabouts became unknown, broke the news of her death on Sunday.
The deceased was a graduate of University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, and had announced on Twitter that she was looking for a job.