Man sentenced to death for raping and killing a job-seeker

A man who raped a 26-year-old university graduate who was seeking a job has been sentenced to death by hanging.

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Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State High Court found Uduak-Abasi Akpan guilty of the charges proffered against him.

According to the BBC, the convict had pretended to have a job for the deceased, Iniubong Umoren had recently graduated in Philosophy from the University of Uyo.

She was looking for paid work before beginning compulsory military service, when Akpan lured her into thinking that he had one for her.

The young lady’s corpse was later found buried in a shallow grave.

Iniubong Umoren’s brother, Ukeme, expressed satisfaction with the court’s ruling.

"Thank God they gave us justice. You can’t just kill my sister, bury her and go. All the family is happy with this judgement," he said.

Meanwhile, two other defendants, Frank Akpan and Anwan-Bassey Akpan, were acquitted.

In other news, before the dust settles on the harrowing story of how a first-year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was allegedly gang-raped by a final-year student and a police officer, another first-year student has been raped.

Six students of the renowned tertiary institution have been arrested for their alleged complicity in the crime.

They were arraigned before Asokore Mampong District Court on Wednesday, August 3, and were all remanded in police custody.

The suspects, whose identities have not been made public yet, are expected to make their next appearance on Wednesday, August 17 to answer for the crime they are alleged to have committed.

The lawyer for the six suspects, Richard Adu Darko, who failed to secure their release, said he would resort to the appropriate forum to get them bailed so that they could write their end-of-semester exams.

He emphasized that his clients have just been accused of rape and will have the opportunity to prove their innocence or otherwise in court, so they have not been found guilty of the offence yet.

"These are students of KNUST who have been accused of rape.

"Looking at the fact which have been presented to us, honestly we don’t see rape but that’s what they have been accused of and once someone is accused, the law says the person is innocent until proven guilty or the person pleads otherwise.

"So, now until they plead that they are guilty or a court of competent jurisdiction finds them guilty, they are innocent. At this material moment this is a court of first instance and they have been brought here for purposes of remanding them into lawful custody," Adu Darko said, as quoted by 3news.com.

This is the second time in a month KNUST has been in the news for sexual assault on its students.

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