#JusticeForUwa: Police Arrest Six Suspects

 

The police on Wednesday paraded six persons allegedly connected with the rape and killing of Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin.

Uwaila, 22, was raped and murdered in a church in May, a tragedy that sent shock-waves across the country and repeated calls for an end to gender-based violence.

The hoodlums reportedly struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead.

She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

A file photo of late Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

 

According to the Edo State Police Command, one of the suspects admitted to have committed the crime and named others he said were culpable.

At least four of the suspects have denied any involvement.

Another suspect was said to have been found in possession of the late Uwaila’s phone.

The mother of a suspect at large was also arrested. She denied any knowledge of the crime.

“These criminals went into the church building to wreak havoc where she was raped,” the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, said. “The post-mortem examination results confirmed that she was raped and gruesomely murdered.

44-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Daughter

Photo of Pastor, Oluwafemi Oyebola who raped his daughter.

 

The Police in Ogun State says it has arrested a 44-year-old man, Oluwafemi Oyebola, for raping his biological daughter.

Oyebola who is said to be a pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ogo Oluwa Parish in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, was arrested following a complaint by the daughter who reported at Owode-Egbado divisional headquarters that her father had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of her since 2015.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that the 19-year-old reported that shortly after the demise of her mother, she got pregnant for her father three times and he allegedly took her to a nurse where the pregnancies were aborted.

“After the third abortion, the suspect did family planning for her so as not to get pregnant any longer,” the PPRO said.

“Having realised that her father is all out to ruin her life, she ran away from the house and reported to an NGO – Advocacy For Children And Vulnerable Persons Network – consequent upon which she was taken to Owode-Egbado police station for complaint.

“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode-Egbado division, Superintendent of Police, Olabisi Elebute led her detectives to the pastor’s house where he was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect made a confessional statement that all his daughter said is nothing but the whole truth,” the PPRO said.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has now ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

#JusticeForUwa: Students Protest In Benin, Demand Death Sentence For Sex Offenders

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday occupied major streets of Benin City, the Edo state capital in protest.

The students demanded justice for Uwaila Omozuwa, an undergraduate of the University of Benin who was recently raped and killed.

They also demanded that a death sentence be pronounced for sex offenders.

The President of the students’ union, Danielson Akpan, spoke with Channels Television during the protest demanding justice for their late colleague.

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The lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency, Dennis Idahosa, who also joined the students in the solidarity march vowed that he would move a motion to support capital punishment at the floor of the house.

Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Johnson Kokumo had earlier on Wednesday promised that efforts would not be spared in ensuring that the culprits involved in the circumstances that led to Uwaila’s death are apprehended and made to face the law.

Kokumo made the promise when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Uwa, a 22-year-old student of UNIBEN was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The hoodlums were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

The news of her death has continued to spark outrage with trends on social demanding justice and an end to rape.

See more photos from the protest below…

#JusticeForUwa: Buhari Condoles With Family, Charges Police To Fish Out Perpetrators

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of the murdered University of Benin (UNIBEN) student, Vera Omozuwa, calling for an investigation into the incident.

In a tweet on his verified handle on Tuesday, President Buhari described the death of the 100 level Microbiology student as barbaric.

While calling on the Nigeria Police Force to speedily investigate the matter, he urged them to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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“I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Uwaila Omozuwa,” President Buhari said.

“I expect the Nigeria Police Force to speedily and diligently investigate this case and ensure that all the culprits responsible for this barbaric act are brought to justice.”

She died a few days back after she was raped while studying in a church in Benin City, Edo State.

This is coming weeks after Jennifer, an 18-year-old girl, was reportedly gang-raped by five boys said to be her friends in Kaduna state.

The deaths of these Nigerian females have triggered protests on social media as Nigerians have called for justice over the killings.

#JusticeForUwa: IGP Directs Force-CID To Take Over Investigations

File Photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu,  has ordered the immediate transfer of the ongoing investigations into the inhuman sexual assault and death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa which occurred recently in Benin, Edo State, from the Police Headquarters in Benin to the Force headquarters in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Dcp Frank Mba, on Tuesday.

The directive follows a preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts who were earlier deployed to assist the Police in Edo State in the investigations into the unfortunate incident.

According to the statement, the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael, fdc will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure speedy and thorough investigation of the case.

In a similar vein, the IGP also ordered the immediate deployment of specialized investigators and additional investigation assets to all the Gender Desks Offices and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWC) across the country.

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This, according to the Police boss, is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the units to respond to increasing challenges of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence linked with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and other social ills within the country.

Meanwhile, the IGP has called on members of the public to provide the police with useful information that could aid investigations into ongoing cases of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence across the country.

He also enjoined parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards in these trying times.

#JusticeForUwa: Edo Govt Assures Family, Students Of Thorough Investigation

A file photo of late Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

 

 

The Edo State government has promised a thorough investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

The Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues in Edo, Mrs Maria Edeko, gave the assurance to the parents, relatives, and friends of late Omozuwa.

“On behalf of the governor, I express deep pain over this incident. We are saddened over the matter because the deceased represents the old and the young,” she said.

Mrs Edeko spoke when she received the group who stormed the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital in protest over the gruesome murder of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) undergraduate.

She informed the protesters that the police have been mandated to fish out, arrest, and prosecute the masterminds of the heinous crime.

According to the commissioner, the Godwin Obaseki led administration is committed to ensuring the perpetrators of the crime are made to face the full wrath of the law.

She noted that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law has been domesticated in the state to deal with such crimes.

“In this age and time when so many persons do not even think about studying, Vera Uwaila went to the church to read.

“Her death is disheartening, more so that the heinous crime was committed in a sacred place of worship,” Edeko lamented.

She disclosed that an Edo State government delegation has visited the family of the late student to commiserate with them and extend the governor’s deepest condolences.

A spokesperson for the protesters, Stephen Uzochukwu, urged the state government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure justice was served for late Omozuwa and other victims of rape and violence.

#JusticeForUwa: IGP Sends Additional Investigators, Forensic Support To Edo

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

 

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has deployed additional investigators and forensic support to the Edo Police Command for a quick investigation into the killing of Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

This was revealed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Monday.

According to the IGP, the deployment of additional aids was 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 May 28-30, 2020.

“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”.

While condemning the attack, IGP Adamu commiserated with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.

He further called for calm and assured that the “Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time”.

#JusticeForUwa has drawn a lot of attention on social media across the nation.

Similarly, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered an investigation into the murder of the 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology.

The 22-year-old student was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her.

She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

#JusticeForUwa: Protesters Storm Police Headquarters In Edo

Protesters including students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), activists and concerned individuals on Monday stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Edo State demanding justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

Uwaila, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology in UNIBEN was reported to have been raped and killed by some hoodlums inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

READ ALSO: #JusticeForUwa: Obaseki Orders Investigation Into Murder Of UNIBEN Student

This sparked outrage with #JusticeForUwa dominating social media trend on Sunday.

The protesters wearing black outfits and bearing placards decrying rape staged a walk from the Kings Square area of Benin City and eventually took their message to the state police command headquarters.

The deputy commissioner of police, operations, Ayoola Ajala who received the protesters, assured that investigations have commenced and arrests have made in connection to Uwa’s murder.

He also debunked allegations that the police station where the matter was reported to refused to look into the incident for lack of funding.

Meanwhile, Uwa’s siblings who were also part of the protest demanded that justice be served promptly.

See more photos from the protest below…

#JusticeForUwa: Obaseki Orders Investigation Into Murder Of UNIBEN Student

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File photo of the main entrance of UNIBEN.

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered for an investigation into the murder a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

The 22-year-old student was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

Governor Obaseki in his tweet vowed to ensure that the suspects are found and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“I have ordered the Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

“The @PoliceNG has been mandated to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable in her death. The Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law is in effect in our state.

“Using this law, we would ensure to investigate what exactly transpired and deal decisively with the those found complicit in the dastardly act, whoever they might be. #JusticeForUwa,” Obaseki’s tweet read.

The news of Uwa’s death had earlier sparked outrage on social media with many demanding for justice using the hashtag #JusticeForUwa.

See below, some of the tweets condemning Uwa’s murder and demanding justice: