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EDO STATE Police command has commenced investigation into the alleged rape and murder of  a100-level student of the University of Benin, Uwaila Omozuwa who was killed over the weekend by unknown gunmen while she went to read in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Miracle Sanctuary Mega Parish, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City.

  It was gathered that the men forced their way into the church, where they raped and struck Uwaila in the head with a fire extinguisher.

  According to the source, as the church security guard, who had just resumed duty, wanted to collect the key to the church, he discovered that someone was already inside. The guard found Uwaila in a pool of blood, reportedly called for help and the victim was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

  Our correspondent learnt that the victim did not recover from her state of unconsciousness until she died on Saturday and the incident was reported at the Oregbeni Police Station.

  The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, who said the command would investigate the incident, stated that the deceased’s father reported a case of assault to the police.

  According to the PPRO, “the command got to know about the incident today (Sunday); through the DPO of the Oregbeni Police Station, CSP Lawrence, the father of the deceased reported a case of assault occasioning harm against some hoodlums, who attacked the daughter, while she was in church, and got her injured.

  “The DPO immediately mobilised his detectives to the scene, where they took the deceased alive to hospital and after some days, she passed away. Unfortunately, they were unable to get a statement from her, because she was in a state of unconsciousness and there was no eyewitness to say what happened.

  “The command will take up the investigation; we will first look at what the father reported to the police and see if it will lead us to something else.”

  Reacting to the incident, the management of UNIBEN also condemned the action of the assailants.

  The vice-chancellor of the institution, Lilian Salami, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Benedicta Ehanire, stated that the assailants’ action must not be condoned by the society, describing the action as wicked and prayed to God to grant her soul peaceful rest.

  The statement read, “The management of the University of Benin has received with great shock the news of the rape and subsequent murder of one of its students, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, 100-level, Microbiology Department.

  Meanwhile, the RCCG has condoled the family of the victim and urged the police to get to the root of the matter and bring the  killers to justice.

  The Head, Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, told news men  that the victim was a chorister in the parish.

  According to the pastor, “the church wishes to commiserate with the family, because it is a great loss; somebody has lost a daughter and a promising member of the family. We are saddened by the occurrence.

  “The lady was a member of the choir in one of our parishes and from the report we have, the lady had been going to collect the key to the church to read her books, which she had been using for her private study.

  “On May 27, 2020, she did the same thing and it was not until the night guard was to resume that the incident was discovered.   Nobody knew what happened. When the guard resumed, he found the lady in a pool of her blood half-naked. The parents were called in, the police were informed and everybody was notified.

  “Eventually, she was taken from one hospital to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. And we learnt that she gave up   Saturday night. It is really sad for us, because we have lost a great member and we pray that the Lord will help the family at this time.”

  The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on his Twitter handle, @GovernorObaseki, urged the police to investigate the incident and ensure that the culprits were brought to justice.

  He tweeted, “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. #JusticeForUwa.

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

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