The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the ongoing investigations into the inhuman sexual assault and death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa which occurred recently in Benin, Edo State from the Police State Headquarters, Benin to the Force headquarters, Abuja.
The IGP’s directive is sequel to the preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the Edo State Police Command in the investigations into the unfortunate incident.
It will be recalled as earlier that Omozuwa, who was in her 100-level studying Microbiology at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), was allegedly raped on May 27 by some unknown persons while reading in a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Benin City.
She later died from the effects and injuries sustained from the rape incident.
The Police have also arrested one person in connection with the gruesome murder. The Edo State Police Command Spokesperson, Chidi Nwabuzor while confirming the arrest, noted that the suspect was arrested after the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined.
However, the Police IG has now ordered that the case be transferred to the Force headquarters.
According to the information made available by Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael, will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure speedy and thorough investigation of the case.
In a similar vein, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of specialized investigators and additional investigation assets to all the Gender Desks Offices and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWC) across the country.
“This is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the Units to respond to increasing challenges of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence linked with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and other social ills within the country,” Mba noted.
Meanwhile, the IGP has called on members of the public to provide the police useful information that could aid investigations into ongoing cases of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence across the country. He also enjoins parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards in these trying times.