A State High Court in Uyo, Thursday, admitted as display cowl the confessional statement made to Nigeria’s secret police, SSS, by Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of Iniubong Umoren.
The court docket brushed apart Mr Akpan’s claim that he made the statement beneath duress.
Mr Akpan, who is being prosecuted for allegedly raping and killing Ms Umoren, whom he had lured with a false job provide, made the statement to the SSS on June 10, 2021.
Ama Okeke, a name recordsdata analyst with the SSS, testified that the allegation of ‘involuntariness’ made by Mr Akpan used to be false and argued that Mr Akpan made the statement voluntarily and that the session used to be recorded.
Mr Okeke, who used to be the closing prosecution glimpse within the waste trial, told the court docket that Mr Akpan after writing the statement used to be requested to read the identical by himself after which he (Mr Akpan) appended his signature.
The defence counsel, Sampson Adulla, within the penultimate hearing, had objected to the admissibility of the accused particular person’s statement as an display cowl alleging that it used to be made involuntarily.
To fortify his submission, Mr Okeke told the court docket that Mr Akpan made the statement voluntarily per his company’s frequent interview for suspects and backed up his argument with a video of the interview which the court docket admitted as an display cowl.
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Ruling on the topic, after citing linked correct authorities, Justice Bassey Nkanang acknowledged, “a confessional statement would not become inadmissible if the accused particular individual that made it denies ever making the statement or retracts the confession on Oath.
“One vital allotment of evidence that stood out used to be the 1st accused particular person’s categorical assertion that the statement used to be not his private and he did not write it, that methodology he had denied the entire statement.”
Mr Nkanang, therefore, brushed apart the objection of the defence counsel, Mr Adulla, admitted the statement as evidence and marked it as an display cowl.
The case used to be adjourned to March 16, 2022, for further hearing.
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