The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has paraded Uduak Frank Akpan, the suspected killer of a job seeker, Iniubong Umoren to dismiss rumour of his death in custody.
The suspect, who was paraded alongside his father, said he killed the girl in self-defense and not intentionally.
Speaking to newsmen, the suspect, a 200-level Public Administration student of Obong University, a private institution in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, admitted to killing the suspect in self defence, after she accepted his proposal for a consensual sex but turned around later to “attack me with a stabiliser when I tried to bring condom.”
He said: “When I met her, I asked her whether she would like to work in a hard drug farm and she agreed.
“When we got to the house, I asked her for sex and she agreed and insisted I use condom.
“It was when I tried to remove the condom that she picked up the stabiliser and hit me and blood was coming out of my head. At that point, I grabbed the stabiliser and also hit her, trying to make her submit peacefully.
“It was not my intention to kill her, but if at the end of everything, I am found guilty, I am ready to also die,” he said.
On the allegation of other shallow graves, clothes, books and NYSC shoes discovered in the compound, the suspects denied that they belonged to those he had killed earlier.
“The NYSC pair of shoes belong to my mother and we used it for farm work. The books belong to me and my sister,” he said, adding that the late Iniubong was the only lady that died among the six he had lured and slept with using the same phony job offers as bait.
He said he killed the late Iniubong in anger after several rough experiences he had in the hands of those he described as “runs-girls and prostitutes.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, said it was necessary to have the press conference because of the rumour in the media that the suspect had committed suicide in the cell.
“I don’t know anywhere in the world that a suspect will be allowed to use trousers in the cell to the extent of killing himself with it.
“Social media that is supposed to be a tool that will work to the advantage of the police has become something that is working against them,” he said.
He revealed that going by investigation so far there is no mass grave discovered in the compound where the incident took place and promised that diligent prosecution would followed.
He said the case would be transferred from the Homicide Section to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) when all angles in the matter have been fully explored.
Meanwhile, the remains of the late Iniubong were interred on Friday in her village in Oruk Anam Local Government Area amid tears and kind words from school mates, family and sympathisers.