#FindHinnyHumoren: Protests begin online and on the streets as Nigerians call for justice

On Sunday, 2nd of May, 2021, the Police Public Relations Officer of Akwa Ibom State, Odiko Macdon, revealed that Inuibong(Hinny) Umoren had been lured by one Uduak Frank Akpan, 20, to his residence under the pretense of a job offer, after which he raped, killed, and buried the young lady.

According to the PPRO of Akwa Ibom state, Akpan had been arrested and had confessed to raping and murdering the victim. They also revealed that Akpan Uduak would be charged to court after the investigation. Their statement read, “The suspect is a confessed serial rapist, who has owned up to raping other victims. He will be charged after the 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.”

Umoren was declared missing on Thursday after attending the non-existent job interview in Uyo. Umoren’s death broke the hearts of Nigerian social media users, with many paying homages to the deceased and calling for justice.

For @UmohUduak1, Umoren’s friend who tweeted about her disappearance, she was inconsolable.

“I can’t still believe that my friend is gone, 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 ends meet till when she leaves for camp. Now this.”

Prominent Nigerians also used their position to call for the prosecution of those responsible for the death of Hinny Humoren. Ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki 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, also tweeted, “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???”

@Chyddee tweeted, “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

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