The Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has ordered an investigation into the rape and death of Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
Chidi Nwabuzor, the Public Relations Officer of the command, disclosed this while confirming the incident in a statement on Sunday.
According to friends of the 100-level student of Microbiology, who was popularly known as Uwa, her attackers on 27 May raped her, smashed her head with a fire extinguisher and left her unconscious.
In its statement, the police said 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 command noted that the DPO immediately mobilized Police operatives to the crime scene in company of the victim’s father.
The victim was met soaked in blood at the scene of the crime, and photographs of the scene were taken, a fire extinguisher cylinder which the hoodlums used in inflicting injuries on the victim and the fingerprints on it were obtained, the statement read.
According to the police statement, 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.
However, Uwa lost her battle to stay alive and died on Saturday night, the 30th of May, 2020 at UBTH in Benin City, the police confirmed.
Nwabuzor said the Commissioner of Police of the Edo State Command has ordered for the transfer of the case from Ikpoba Hill Division to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Benin City, for a discreet investigation.
The commissioner assured that the command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of this dastardly act are apprehended, and urged the general public to remain calm, stressing that justice will be done in this matter.
The incident prompted a rage on social media on Sunday, with Nigerians demanding justice for the late student using the hashtag #JusticeforUWA on Twitter.