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Endiong John, Uyo.
On Tuesday, the Akwa Ibom State Government named Akpan Bassey Awan also known as Flourish as one of the accomplices to the murder of a job seeker, Ini Umoren.
Awan who is said to be a sister to the prime suspect, Uduak Akpan is accused of being responsible for some complications that compounded the arrest of the prime suspect, amongst other charges.
The naming of the third accused on the matter led to the withdrawal of the earlier information filed by the prosecuting counsel, for amendment.
The amended charge now has three indicted suspects including the prime suspect, Uduak Akpan, the father of the prime suspect, Frank Akpan and the sister to the prime suspect, Akpan Bassey Awan.
Following the transfer of the former trial judge, a new trial judge, Hon. Justice Bassey Bassey Nkanang has taken over the Ini Umoren case. The transfer precipitate a trial denovo, which implies fresh arraignment where all three suspects are expected to plead guilty or not guilty before Justice Nkanang.
Hon. Justice Nkanang has fixed Thursday, 4th November for the fresh plea. In-house trial is also expected to commence on the same 4th of November.
While speaking to journalists, the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko , SAN who was appointed by the socio-cultural group, Ati Annang to hold a watching brief for both the claimants and the ethnic group of the decease, said that an accelerated trial is expected for the Ini Umoren Case, hinting also that the case may be rounded off before Christmas, especially since there are not too many witnesses outlined to be examined by the court.
The learned silk lauded the trial judge for sustaining the earlier dates of appearance before the former trial judge and also commended the willingness to commence in-house trial immediately after the expected fresh arraignment on Thursday.
The trial judge issued a production warrant for the Chairman of Uruan local government, Hon. Surveyor Iniobong Ekpeyong to appear in court as a witness to the murder case of Iniubong Umoren. Other witnesses also expected to be examined by the court include Kufre Michael Effiong of No. 16 Esuene Street, Uyo as well as the sister of the decease, Ifiok.
The Solicitor General of Akwa Ibom State, Christopher J Udoh, Esq who is next in rank to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Akwa Ibom State led the prosecution council on Tuesday.
Emms Ekongson, Esquire made a return appearance for the second accused, Frank Akpan on Tuesday while Sampson Adula, Esquire appeared for the second accuse, Uduak Akpan.
Both the prime suspect, Uduak Akpan and the second accused, Frank Akpan appeared in court under the custody of warders and were remanded again following a directive by the trial judge. The court directed that the first accused, the second accused and the third accused must be made to appear in court on Thursday.