A 28-year-old man, Silas Henry, has confessed to the murder of Dr. Ivy Umana, who was Head of the Department of Pathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
The man, who is in Police custody, made the confession on Tuesday while answering questions from journalists at the Police headquarters, Uyo.
Parading the suspect, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said that the late Dr. Ivy Umana was murdered in her apartment at Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo on April 20, 2016.
She added that the arrest of the suspect in Abia State was a result of detailed investigation and synergy between the Police and other security agencies.
Four other suspects, including a woman, were also paraded for alleged murder and robbery. The suspects also confessed their involvement in the crimes.
The PPRO, Cordelia Nwawe, used the occasion to restate the command’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday, commissioned a residential accommodation complex for medical staff of the new Ibom Specialist Hospital.
Located in Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo, the facility has 40 apartments, with a total of 146 rooms. The complex has a central water treatment plant, fire protection, supermarkets, recreation facilities, among others.
Governor Emmanuel said that the commissioning symbolised a major milestone in the march towards the realization of excellent healthcare for the people. He lauded the immediate past administration in the state for initiating the project.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, who described the good accommodation and security as key components that boost the performance of health workers, said that the commissioning of the residential quarters marked a turning point in healthcare delivery in Akwa Ibom State.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Yemi Johnson, announced that the hospital would commence operations in the next week.
The event was attended by medical professionals and members of the executive council.