The Edo state police command have arrested and paraded six suspects in connection with the rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
It will be recalled that 22-year-old Vera who went to read the RCCG church located at Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, was attacked with a fire extinguisher, raped and then killed on Wednesday, May 27.
Her gruesome rape and murder sparked a nationwide outrage against Gender-based violence, with protests being staged both online and all over the country; demanding justice for the murdered student.
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Following months of investigation, the state police command has arrested and paraded the six suspects involved in the murder, identified as Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Mrs Tina Samuel, Mrs Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe.
A breakthrough in the investigation came after the police traced the phone of the deceased to one of the suspects, Nosa Osabohien. Nosa, who claims to be a phone repairer, said he bought late Vera’s phone from the prime suspect, Collins Uyegbulen. He then led the police to arrest Collins who confessed to have directly participated in the murder.
Collins told the police that he used the fire extinguisher in the church to hit late Vera after the other suspects took turns to rape her. He gave the names of other members of his gang as Akato Valentine and Collins Ogbebor.
He told the police that one Mary Ade gave them N1m to kill the suspect and then use a handkerchief she gave them to clean the blood from the private part of the deceased.
Another suspect, Tina Samuel, was arrested for allegedly obstructing the police from arresting her son, Lucky, who is one of the suspects.
The state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, who paraded the suspects, said a post-mortem conducted on late Uwaila, confirmed she was raped.
“The matter was of great concern to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Muhammed Adamu who sent to us here in Benin, Homicide experts to work with our policemen at the state criminal investigation department.
What we are seeing today, is a result of the uniting efforts of the police to get at the root of the crime and today, I announce to you and making public through this medium that the perpetrators have been arrested.
The postmortem results had actually confirmed that she was raped”, he said.
He also added that he had earlier told the people of the state that the police would do all in their powers to unmask those behind her death, adding that the parade of the suspects had made good their promise.
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