At last, justice may be coming the way of the family of the slain Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, the 100 level undergraduate of the University of Benin who was raped and murdered in a church in Benin City, Edo State. The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, on Wednesday paraded six suspects who were allegedly responsible for the gruesome murder of the 23-year-old micro-biology student.
Paraded before newsmen, were Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Tina Samuel, Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien, and Collins Ulegbe.
Recall that the late Uwaila was on May 27, 2020 brutalised, raped, and left for dead by her assailants at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikpoba Hill where she had been going to study. She died about three days later at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH. Since the gruesome incident, her family, authorities and students union government of the University of Benin, and civil society organizations had been clamouring for justice for her.
According to Kokumo, the wide outcry by members of the public and the interest by the Inspector-General of Police in the case fired their resolve to intensify their efforts in unmasking those behind the dastardly act.
“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 police chief said.
As had been earlier speculated, Kokumo confirmed that the deceased was raped. His words: “The postmortem results had actually confirmed that she was raped”. With a sense of relief and accomplishment, 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 Uwaila’s death. Kokumo said with the parade of the suspects, they had made good the promise.
“I assured the good people of Edo state that we will leave no stone unturned to unravel the mystery behind this,” he said.