A Law enforcement officer connected to the State Wrongdoer Examination and Intelligence Department SCIID, Murder area, Akwa Ibom State, ASP, Kanu Ekpezu has actually firmly insisted that Uduak Akpan, the supposed killer of Iniubong Umoren, made his confessional declaration willingly.
Ekpezu in his testament on Wednesday prior to the state High Court in Uyo stated Uduak Akpan made his declaration in the Senior Law enforcement officer’s workplace and not in an interrogation space as declared.
Uduak Akpan has actually been standing trial together with his daddy, Frank Akpan and sis, Anwan-Bassey over the gruesome murder of Iniubong.
Ekpezu who appeared in Court as the 9th Prosecution Witness, (PW9), informed the Court that the Anti-kidnapping system, Ikot Akpan Abia Uyo turned over Uduak Akpan, his daddy Mr. Frank Akpan, very first and 2nd implicated individuals respectively to the SCIID, and both composed their declaration on their own and willingly.
He likewise informed the court that the Anti-Kidnapping System likewise turned over to him a spade, a QLink stabilizer, and a piece of filthy fabric which were recuperated from the murder scene as displays.
The witness remembered that 3 other Snr. Law enforcement officers consisting of Inspector Ofonime Archibong remained in the SPOs workplace when he (Uduak Akpan) was composing his declaration by himself.
He stated, “My Lord, the very first implicated individual,( Uduak-Abasi Akpan) was turned over to me from the Anti-kidnapping system Ikot Akpan Abia, on second day of May 2021. I got him in the Snr. Law enforcement officers) workplace. The very first implicated individual made his declaration by himself in the SPOs workplace willingly, and not in an interrogation space.
” I offered him my table and chair to sit and compose his declaration. I offered the very first implicated individual a declaration kind and pen and asked him to compose what occurred and how late Iniubong Ephraim Umoren passed away in his home. I was not with a walking stick, nor with a machete, a weapon, a stick, or an axe”, Ekpezu affirmed.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Friday Itim tendered the Spade, QLink stabilizer and a piece of fabric, which were confessed in proof and significant as displays 9, 10, and 11, respectively by the trial judge, Justice Nkanang.
However, when the prosecution looked for to likewise tender the confessional declaration of Uduak-Abasi Akpan, his Legal Representative, Mr. Samson Adula raised an objection, arguing that his customer did not sign the declaration willingly.
Upon the persistence of Adula that the declaration supposedly composed and checked out by his customer must not be confessed in proof by the court till its voluntariness was figured out, Justice Nkanang purchased that a mini-trial be carried out.
Throughout interrogation, the PW9 informed the court that it is not real that the confessional declarations made by the very first implicated individual were actions to concerns asked by the policeman.
He even more affirmed that the 2nd implicated individual, Mr. Frank Akpan was not there in the SPOs workplace when the very first implicated individual made his declaration.
When cross-examined in the dock, the very first implicated individual Uduak-Abasi Akpan rejected composing the declaration and likewise informed the court that he was simply satisfying ASP Kanu Ekpezu for the very first time.
Uduak-Abasi Akpan informed the court that he did not see and likewise did not understand the material of the declaration, including that he just signed the declaration involuntarily.
” When they brought that sheet of paper which I did not see, or understand what was within, they now asked me to sign it. In order to prevent additional violence on myself, I signed it”
Asked if he was blindfolded when he signed the declaration, Uduak-Abasi Akpan reacted, “I was not blindfolded”
The trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang adjourned the matter till February 8, 2022, for judgment on the mini-trial and for the extension of hearing.
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