……”we will get to the root of the matter”-AG
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A High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, presided by Justice Archibong Edet Archibong has adjourned to May 10, 2017 a case involving the gruesome murder of Dr. Ivy Umanah, the former head of pathology department, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital(UUTH).
Dr. Umanah was allegedly murdered in her residence at Shelter Afrique Housing Estate, Uyo on April 21 last year by one Henry Silas, said to have been hired by her to do some work in her house.
The suspect, Mr. Silas was arrested by the police and subsequently paraded before newsmen at the police headquarters last year, confessed to the crime, alleging that he killed her in self defence.
According to the suspect, she attacked him when he insisted on collecting the N100, 000 being money for the work he did for her, following which he angrily picked up an iron rod and hit her resulting to her death.
During cross examination yesterday, a brother to the deceased, Pastor Edward Umanah, said he first learned of her sister’s death through a phone call from her late sister’s colleague, Dr. Festus Abasiubong.
According to Pastor Umanah, Dr. Abasiubong, who works in the psychiatric department of UUTH, had called to inform him that his sister was missing.
According to him, he did not believe the information due to the fact that he was with the sister a day before, but after several abortive efforts to reach out to the sister, he decided to send one of his younger brothers to the sister’s house for further enquiry.
Pastor Edward went ahead to tell the court that, the brother on getting to Dr. Umanah’s house realized from the outside that some items like the air conditioner was pulled out, following which they decided to report the matter to the Anti-kidnapping squad of the Nigerian Police Force, that Dr. Umanah was missing.
He further said that he received a call from another colleague of the sister, Mr. Sampson Adesite, informing him that one Mr. Henry Silas (a tiller, who was working for the deceased) was caught trying to lock the gates of Dr. Umanah house and he was also in possession of his late sister’s television set.
When Mr. Henry Silas was asked the whereabouts of Dr. Umanah, he asserted that she drove out in the company of her friends in a black Sienna car. When asked where he was taking the television to, he said the late doctor wanted the TV set to be repaired, even while the TV set was functional
Finding some discrepancies in the information by Mr. Silas, Samson Adesite ordered the arrest of Mr. Silas, who was apprehended to the Nigerian Police Force, Shelter Afrique Division.
Mr. Umanah further stated that, Mr. Silas later called one of the sisters’ colleagues, Dr. Festus Abasiubong, the person who broke the news of the sudden disappearance of Dr. Ivy Umanah, to come facilitate his bail, and he did by going to the Shelter Afrique Police Station and secured Mr. Silas bail, on grounds that Mr. Silas was a worker of the deceased.
The deceased brother said that after several attempts to uncover the whereabouts of the deceased proved abortive, he in the company of some family members went to see the police commissioner, but eventually met the AIG.
Pastor Umanah further stated that, the AIG after being briefed, summoned the shelter Afrique Divisional police Officer, and ordered the immediate arrest of Dr. Abasiubong to enable them arrest Mr. Henry Silas.
“By this time, there was no record in shelter Afrique Police station about the then arrest of Mr. Henry Silas. The police at Shelter Afrique said the found the keys to Dr. Ivy’s apartment, cars and ATM cards at the police station, but never knew who brought them to the police station.
When interviewed by iReporters, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, stated that the case has generated a great deal of public interest and the state government would pursue the case to it end.
“The state has taken its first witness, who happens to be the brother of the deceased, and he has given concreted and time-to –time events that led to the discovery of the late sister body in her house spanning to like two days.
“We intend to ensure that the case is followed to the end so that justice is served both to the accused and the victim”.