The Police Command in Edo State have arrested and paraded six suspects in connection with the rape and gruesome murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God in May 27. Read full story here
However, the state police command after undergoing months of investigation, has arrested and paraded the suspects as follows; Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Mrs Tina Samuel, Mrs Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe.
According to the police report, they traced the phone of Uwaila to one of the suspects, Nosa Osabohien.
Nosa however claimed to be a phone repairer and said he bought the deceased phone from Collins. He led the police to arrest Collins who confessed to have directly participated in the murder.
Collins revealed to the police that he used the fire extinguisher in the church to attack Uwaila after the other of his gang took turns to rape her. He gave the names of other members of his gang as Akato Valentine and Nelson Ogbebor.
Collins equally point one Mary Ade, who he said gave them N1 million to murder the suspect and then use a handkerchief to wipe the blood from her private part.
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Another suspect, Tina Samuel, was arrested for allegedly obstructing the police from arresting her son, Lucky, who is one of the suspects.
Johnson Kokumo, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, said a post-mortem conducted on late Uwaila, revealed she was raped.
“The matter was a 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.”.
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#JusticeforUwa: Suspects behind the rape and murder of UNIBEN student, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, arrested and paraded in Benin The police in Edo state have arrested and paraded the suspects behind the rape and gruesome murder of 100 level student of the University of Benin, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, on May 27, 2020. She died in the hospital on May 30. One of the suspects alleged that a lady sent them to kill her for ritual purposes. The suspect alleged that she offered them N1 million to use a handkerchief to clean the private part of the deceased and bring her blood to her. When interrogated, the landlady denied the allegation. One of the women was arrested for preventing the police from arresting her son. The state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, told newsmen that a post-mortem conducted on late Vera confirmed she was raped by the suspects.