*** As Police Confirms Incident
The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has decried the news of the rape and subsequent murder of one of its students, Miss Vera Omozuwa.
The victim was a 100 level Microbiology student of the institution before her travail.
The Edo State Police Command has also confirmed the incident that led to the death of Vera Uwaila Omosuwa.
Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Salami, in a statement through the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, described the news as shocking.
In the statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Benin, the VC said the actions were condemnable and should not be condoned by any society.
She said the current COVID-19 pandemic was already hard on everyone and that compounding it with inflicting additional pain on any family was a wicked act.
While commiserating with the bereaved family on the loss of their daughter, Salami prayed God to grant her soul peaceful rest.
The vice chancellor urged students of the institution and indeed all young people to be wary of the company they kept and the places they visited.
Meanwhile, a delegation had been sent by the university’s management to commiserate with the bereaved family.
A statement by the Edo Police Spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said on Wednesday the 27th of May, 2020, the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ikpoba Hill Divisional Headquarters, Benin City received a complaint from one Elder Johnson Omosuwa that his daughter Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, aged 23-years-old was attacked and wounded by unknown hoodlums while she was studying inside the Redeemed Christian Church of God at Amadasun Street, Ohovbe, Ikpoba Hill , Benin City.
The press statement further noted that immediately, the DPO mobilized Police operatives to the crime scene in company of the victim’s father, Elder Johnson Omosuwa.
At the scene, the Police met the victim soaked in blood, photographs of the scene were taken, a fire extinguisher cylinder which the hoodlums used in inflicting injuries on the victim and the finger prints on it were obtained.
According to the police communique, the victim was rushed to Enoma Hospital, Ogbeson Quarters, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City for treatment.
On the 28th of May, 2020, the management of Enoma Hospital referred her to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) in Benin City for further treatment.
Unfortunately, the young undergraduate lost the battle to stay alive, she died on Saturday night, the 30th of May, 2020 at UBTH in Benin City.
The Commissioner of Police Edo State Command says he has ordered for the transfer of the case from Ikpoba Hill Division to the State C.I.D, Benin for a discreet investigation, stating that the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of this dastardly act are apprehended.
He called on the general public to come up with any useful information that could lead to the arrest of the hoodlums. He however, urged people to remain calm, stressing that justice will be done in this matter.