Over twelve shallow graves have been uncovered in the compound of Mr. Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of Akwa Ibom job seeker, Miss Iniubong Umoren.
The youths of the community enraged by the gruesome murder of Umoren, a graduate of philosophy in the guise of offering her a job in Uyo, stormed the compound, and vandalised the building, using pebbles after setting ablaze the security house of the one storey building.
It was gathered that the vandalization started since on Tuesday night and it was alleged that the youths handed the boy’s father(whom they accused of being an accomplice) to the police.
According to reports, about twelve(12) shallow graves were seen in the large compound and a skeletal bone suspected to be that of a child lying on the floor was also seen. Also old sag bags were seen scattered near the graves as the youths who conducted journalists round the compound claimed that they were used for packing human parts they buried.
The youths said the suspect and his family are strangers living in the community as their real community is Nnung Ikono Ufok in Uruan LGA.
One of the youths identified as Akpan Shadrach James told journalists that the family of the suspect erected the building about four years ago and do not live there permanently but only come occasionally since they have another building in Uyo town and nobody actually knew what they do inside the compound.
“People thought that they were living here, they don’t, they only come and go. They are from the next community. They don’t have friends in this community as their gate is always closed and they wrote the notice, ‘beware of dogs’ on their wall. We didn’t know that such a thing was happening here.
“We want government to investigate this matter and bring justice to that slain orphan. We are grieved with this incident and we don’t want this matter swept under the carpet.”
Also speaking, the youths President of the community, Etubom Sunday Essien said the youths were disappointment over the act, adding that such offence is not condoned in the community.
He said, “there is nothing happening apart from the one you have already heard. It’s not good for the boy to kill his fellow human being. We don’t know that, that is what he has been doing. We, the youths will never allow such things to be happening in our community. That is the reason we took this action.”
Essien, however, exonerated the chairman of the LGA, Mr. Iniobong Ekpenyong saying he played the role of a Chief security officer of council by calling on the police to arrest the culprit.
The Chairman of the local government had earlier issued a press release, distancing himself from insinuations of being party to the incident, stressing that he only did his job as the chief security officer of the local government by fishing out the suspect and handing him over to the police.