The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the killing of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, who was assaulted, raped, and murdered on Wednesday in Edo State, and assured that the police will bring the criminals to justice.
Adamu, in a statement released on Monday, said the Edo State Police Command will be supported in its investigations with extra aids and forensic assistance.
He said, “As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, Edo State on 28th and 30th May 2020 respectively.
“The Inspector General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident,” the statement said.
It added that while condemning the attack, the IGP “commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased”.
He called for calm and assured that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time,” it said.
22-year-old Uwaila was raped and hit with a fire extinguisher in the Edo Province 10 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Benin, where she often went to study.
She then passed away on Saturday after spending three days at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
She was a first-year student of Microbiology at the University of Benin.
The church’s security guard “got to the church only to find the girl in critical condition and in a pool of blood with the blood-stained fire extinguisher near her,” one source told the press.
“After careful observation, it was noticed that she moved her hand and she was immediately rushed to the hospital. It was there that she revealed she was reading alone that night when the unknown men came into the church, beat her, raped her and hit her head with a fire extinguisher. They left her dead.”
Her sister, Judith Omozuwa, said when she was found there were white marks all over her body, including her hands and mouth.
Uwaila’s murder triggered outrage on social media with thousands of Nigerians trending #JusticeForUwa on Twitter and individually raising placards to condemn rape and demand justice.
Protesters also took to the streets of Benin on Monday to express dissatisfaction about the tragic incident.