The murder case of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin in Edo state was awash on social media handle as many Nigerians including movie stars in the likes of Genevieve Nnaji, Kate Henshaw has thrown their weight behind other Nigerians calling for justice with # tag #enoughisenough#JusticeforUwa#JusticeforJennifer #JusticeforTina #JUSTICE for all victims of gender-based violence.” especially for the slain victim murdered inside redeemed Christian church of God (RCCG) in Benin some few days past.
Prominent among them was president mohammadu Buhari who took to his twitter handle calling for speedy trial and arrest of those involved in the killing of Uwaila.
He tweeted, “I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Uwaila Omozuwa. I expect the Nigeria Police Force to speedily and diligently investigate this case and ensure that all the culprits responsible for this barbaric act are brought to justice.”
In breathing a sigh of relief, the Edo state police command on Tuesday, said a suspect in connection with the rape and murder case of vera Uwaila Omozuwa is now in its custody after identifying its fingerprint.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who disclosed this, said the suspect was arrested following the screening of the fingerprints on the fire extinguisher allegedly used to smash the deceased’s head.
According to Nwabuzor, operatives of the command arrested the suspect after the Area Commander of the Ikpoba Hill Police Station mobilised his men to the scene.
“The item used for the assault, which was a fire extinguisher, was recovered; the operatives, who were with some specialists, screened the fingerprints, which led to the suspect around the scene of the incident and he was arrested,” Nwabuzor stated.
Uwaila was murdered after being raped inside the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Miracle Sanctuary Mega Parish, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City on May 27, 2020, where she had gone to study.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the investigation into Uwaila’s killing from the Edo State Police Command to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The IG’s directive was sequel to the preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the state command in the investigation of the incident.
A suspect arrested in connection with the incident is expected to be transferred alongside the case file to the force headquarters.
The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said in a statement on Tuesday, “The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Anthony Ogbizi, will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure a speedy and thorough investigation of the case.”
In a related development, the IG has ordered the immediate deployment of specialised investigators and additional investigation assets in all the gender desk offices and juvenile welfare centres across the country.
The police explained that this was to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the units to respond to the increasing challenges of sexual assault and domestic/gender-based violence linked to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and other social ills in the country.
The IG called on members of the public to provide useful information that could aid an investigation into ongoing cases of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence across the country.