Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, yesterday paraded six suspects who allegedly raped 100-level Microbiology student of University of Benin, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa in a church in Ihovbe quarters in Benin City which led to her death.
The suspects arrested are Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Mrs. Tina Samuel, Mrs. Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe.
Late Miss Omozuwa was said to have gone to the church to read when the suspects went into the church, raped and inflicted a very serious injury on her that eventually led to her death days later in the hospital.
Kokumo said the police decided to intensify efforts in unraveling those behind the death of the student following the wide outcry it generated and also the interest put in by the Inspector General of Police.
He said, “The matter was of great concern to the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu who sent to us here in Benin, Homicide experts to work with our policemen at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
“What we are seeing today, is a result of the united 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”, he said.
Kokumo said the postmortem results confirmed that the said Uwaila Omozuwa was raped.
“The postmortem results had actually confirmed that she was raped”, he said.
He said he had earlier told the people of the state and Nigeria at large that the police would do all in their powers to unmask those behind her death adding that the parade of the killer suspects has made good their promise.
“I assured the good people of Edo state that we will leave no stone unturned to unravel the mystery behind this”, he said.