The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, to immediately take over the investigation and prosecution of the suspects involved in the killing of Iniubong Ephraim Umoren, who was lured with a fake job offer in Akwa Ibom State.
The House, through a motion moved by Honorable Unyime Idem, representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam federal constituency of Akwa Ibom State, urged the IGP to ensure the protection of Umoren’s family members from harassment, intimidation and harm.
Idem said, “She received a phone call from the assailant who pretentiously called her and invited her to a false interview of an advertised job.
“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.”
However, Idem said that 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.
Idem added that, “these acts are a gross violation of human rights to dignity, life and sexuality.
“Rape and other violent crimes against women and the girl child should not go unpunished, it will act as a deterrent for the perpetrators and others nursing the thought to forestall future occurrence.”
The House mandated the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development to follow up with the investigation and prosecution and ensure compliance.