In what can be described as Black Sunday, the murder of Iniubong Umoren threw the Nigerian social media sphere into mourning yesterday.
On Sunday, a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of Akwa Ibom State, Odiko Macdon, confirmed that Umoren had been lured by one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20, to his residence under the guise of a job offer, after which he raped, killed, and buried the recent graduate.
The statement revealed that Akpan had been arrested and had confessed to raping and murdering the victim.
Umoren was declared missing on Thursday while attending the inexistent job interview in Akwa Ibom. Many Nigerian social media users rallied together to bring her disappearance to the notice of authorities, all while trending the #FindHinnyHumoren hashtag.
Umoren’s death left a deep impression on Nigerian social media users, with many paying homage to the deceased and calling for her killer’s prosecution.
For @UmohUduak1 — Umoren’s friend who was the first to tweet about her disappearance — the tragedy feels unreal.
“I can’t still believe that my friend is gone,” @UmohUduak said. “I saw her last on Sunday and today she’s gone. @HinyHumoren is an orphan. No mother no father. She has been the one seeing herself through school. She only wanted to make earns meet till when she leaves for camp, now this.”
He said, “I’ve been following the #FindHinyHumoren hashtag closely over the past couple of days and I am extremely devastated that young Miss Iniobong Umoren, who simply set out to find a job, was raped and murdered.
“At this particularly difficult time, my prayers are with her family and all her friends who kept this topic on the front burner over the last couple of days. I hope the perpetrators of this despicable act are swiftly tried and sentenced.”
Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, had this to say, “Woke up to horror news. Can’t believe he killed her. All she wanted was a job for goodness sake; to make an honest living. What is it? She did all the right things. What must a woman do to be safe? What???”
A Twitter user, @Chyddee, said, “Turn on location: she did. Tell fam where you’re going: she did. Give them the visitee’s number: she did. Go during the day: she did. In case you have more tips on how women can stay safe, remember that Hinny Humoren took them all, and she’s still dead.”
Another tweep, @firstdoctorr, said, “We said #FindHinyUmoren, instead they raped & killed her. The pain of a jobless young university graduate seeking a job to cater for herself. Her failed cry for help in the hands of rapists. Her dreams.. I’m literally tearing up! What is this, Nigeria #JusticeforHinyHumoren”
Meanwhile, @ConcernedNIG asked that Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, make an official statement.
“Hello @MrUdomEmmanuel, we are not comfortable with your silence on the brutal murder of @HinyHumoren. Your government must work with the Federal Police to bring the killers of Hiny Umoren to justice. #JusticeforHinyHumoren”
Also, @ jeremiahrmg said, “Akwa Ibom State Government should not sleep on this matter ..we want Uduak and everyone involved in Hinny’s murder to be dealt with severely. The pain is too much. #JusticeforHinyHumoren”.
The Akwa Ibom Police Division stated that Akpan Uduak would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.
The statement read in part, “The suspect is a confessed serial rapist, who has owned up to raping other victims. He will be charged at the conclusion of investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, Amienghene Andrew, has called on youths and jobseekers to be wary of the activities of scammers and other men of the underworld.”