TheCable Lifestyle had reported how Umoren, a graduate of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), was found dead a few days after she was declared missing.
The Akwa Ibom state police command thereafter apprehended Akpan for “kidnapping, countlessly raping, and killing the victim.”
Umoren was later buried, with friends and family members demanding justice while paying their last respect to her.
On Monday, Akpan was arraigned alongside his father at the state high court sitting in Uyo, the state capital.
During his trial, the 20-year-old admitted to killing the job seeker.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the rape charge against him.
In May, Akpan had narrated how he had hit Umoren with a stabiliser in the forehead during a face-off between them which resulted in her death.
“But I told her that before she leaves, I would like to have sex with her and she agreed. She, however, gave a condition that I should use condom, to which I agreed,” he had said.
“When I removed the condom, she became furious and took the nearby stabiliser to hit me at the forehead and started screaming. I was bleeding so I needed to defend myself. I also took the stabiliser and hit her alongside a pressing iron. She started bleeding and died later.”
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