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Iniubong Umoren: I was forced to sign a statement, Uduak Akpan tells the court

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Uduak Akpan, the first accused person in the murder of Iniubong Umoren, a final year student of the University of Uyo, has told the court that he was tortured to sign a statement given to him at the Department of Security Services. 

The court had adjourned the case for a mini-trial to be conducted, in order to determine the voluntariness of that statement. 

At the resumed hearing on trial within trial, the accused said he signed the statement to avoid more beatings from DSS officers. 

The court admitted the video Compact Disc (Video CD) that was played in court in evidence.

Justice Bassey Nkanang adjourned the case till February 24, for ruling on the trial-within-trial and also for the conclusion of the evidence of PW10.

Samson Adula, the first accused person's Lawyer said his team only asked Uduak Akpan to narrate what happened that led to the death of Iniubong Umoren. 

The DSS had to come into the matter to ensure that nothing was swept under the carpet, he said. "What we have done today is that we have finished the trial-within-trial because the accused said the Statement is not his. 
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