OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, to immediately arrest and prosecute all those responsible for the rape and murder of Miss Iniobong Umoren who was gruesomely murdered while on a job-seeking hunt.

Specifically, the lawmakers want the Inspector General of Police to immediately commission and take over the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

The House also condemned in strong terms, the act of sexual assault, barbaric, inhuman and gruesome murder of Miss Umoren.

The green chamber further requested the police boss to ensure the protection of her family members from harassment, intimidation and harm.

It also mandated its committee on Women Affairs and Social Development to follow up with the investigation and prosecution; ensure compliance and report back to the House.

The House further observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased and other victims of the nefarious act.

The following resolutions were sequel to a motion presented on the floor the House during plenary on Tuesday.

Presenting the motion, Mr. Unyime Idem (PDP, Akwa Ibom) noted that on April 30, 2021, the anti-kidnapping squad of the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) received a criminal report on the disappearance of Miss Iniubong Ephraim Umoren who left her house on the fateful day in search of employment.

He further explained that Miss Umoren was a graduate of the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State who was without employment since her graduation from the University.

According to Mr. Idem, “available information has it that she received a phone call from the assailant who pretentiously called her and invited her to a false interview of an advertised job.

He continued: “The innocent Miss Umoren was later found dead by the officers of the Nigeria Police Force after an official report and with the help of a wide reportage of her disappearance and information of the false interview on social media platforms. Her body was further exhumed where it was buried in a shallow grave by her assailant.

“It has been reported that the assailant upon his arrest by the police and subsequent voluntary confession boasted that he is well connected and will be released from the Police custody scot-free in a matter of days.

“The family members of the deceased have reportedly raised an alarm of receiving strange phone calls and threats of various degrees and have been asked to withdraw the case”.

Although, “the Nigeria Police Force has been reporting a surging high record in rape and gender violation across the country, unfortunately, a very scary number of cases have been reported daily with thousands unreported. These acts are gross violation of human rights to dignity, life and sexuality.”

The lawmaker pointed out that the public outrage on account of rape and other violent crimes against women and the girl child should not go unpunished as a deterrent for the perpetrators and others nursing the thought to forestall future occurrence ‘.

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