While being led to open his defence at the Akwa Ibom State high court sitting in Uyo, the state capital on wednesday, April 6, Akpan denied knowing one Miriam Akpan and Blessing Sunday, who the prosecution had alleged were also his rape victims.While responding to an issue by his attorney, Samson Adula, who asked him to inform the court what he knew regarding the costs of rape and murder of Iniubong Umoren levelled against him, Akpan replied by saying
“My Lord, I don’t know Miss Iniubong Umoren. I solely came to know that name after I was served with the proceedings of this trial at the jail. For the second charge of rape, my Lord, I don’t know something about rape. I even have ne’er raped anybody.”On the alleged rape of 1 Miriam Akpan and Blessing Sunday, the suspect, said
“I don’t know those 2 names. My Lord, I can say that the allegations by Miriam Akpan and Blessing Sunday were mere set-up.”However, during interrogatory when the prosecuting counsel, Christopher Udoh, asked him if he remembered that once he was brought to court for trial on July twenty six, 2021, in respect lately Umoren’s case that he had pleaded guilty to the charge of murder, and ‘not guilty’ to rape, he told the court that he was feeling traumatized that very day. He more that he pleaded guilty to the charge of murder as a result of the work police officer, IPO, Archibong, had asked him to plead guilty.
Akpan further told the court during interrogatory that once he visited his father, Mr. Frank Akpan (second accused person) on Apr twenty nine, 2021, that both of them left the compound together.Asked between him and his father who returned to the House 1st, he said“I am not sure once my father went back to the House. I never went back to the House. My Lord, I spent the night within the house of my relative, Agnes Inyang at Osongama Estate, Uyo.”
The suspect in his defence, said once he left his family compound at Uruan LGA, on Apr 29, 2021, he went for a business, to see one Gregory Udofia in Uyo, whom he claimed wished to sell his property in city.He further told the court that successive day being Apr thirty, 2021, he traveled to Calabar, Cross river State to go to her younger sister, Anwan-Bassey Akpan, the third accused person.
The judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang adjourned the case until Apr eleven and twelve, 2022, for the continuation of trial.
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