When Iniubong Ephraim Umoren, a 26-year-old graduate of Philosophy from the University of Uyo, left her home in Uyo, full of life on Thursday, 29th April, 2021, for a job interview in Nung Ikono Ufok, Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, little did she know that the man who invited her for the job offer, will end up taking her life.

And so, as innocent she was and in dire need of a job to keep her busy untill when she was called up for the National Youth Service, Iniubong paid her way to meet her supposed job provider, not knowing that the heart of a man is desperately wicked.

After making several calls to locate the venue of the supposed job interview, Iniubong finally arrived the ancient village of Nung Ikono Ufok, her first time of being to the community and met the man, Uduak Frank Akpan, for the first time of her life.

But instead of discussing the job, which he used to lure Iniubong to his residence, Uduak who claimed to be 20 years old, pound on Iniubong and raped the orphan, hitting her on the head, and leaving her to die in the pool of blood.

Having known that his victim has died, Uduak dug a shallow grave and buried Iniubong and left the village immediately.

Like the Holy Book in Luke chapter 8:17 says “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open”, Uduak was subsequently arrested with his evil deeds brought to light.

At the funeral of the slain job seeker, friends of Iniubong Umoren and sympathizers rain curses on Uduak Frank Akpan and others behind the heinous crime.

Not even the heavy downpour could deter colleagues of the young promising graduate and students of the University of Uyo and beyond from attending the funeral which was conducted by the Faith Tabernacle, Ikot Ibritam District at the deceased family compound, Nung Ita, Ikot Essien in Oruk Anam Local Government Area.

At the lying in state, her family and friends wept uncontrollably, describing the death of Iniubong Umoren as a great loss.

(C) Harrison Essien

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