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Nigeria Police Arrests Suspected Killer of UNIBEN Student

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The Nigeria Police Force has arrested a suspect in the rape and murder case of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the announcement on her Twitter handle.

She said “According to the spokesman of Edo Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, the suspect was arrested after the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined. #JusticeForUwa.”

Vera, who was a 100 level student of Microbiology Department in UNIBEN went to read in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Miracle Sanctuary Mega Parish, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City on May 27, 2020 when she was found in the pool of her blood by the church security guard.

Her attackers were reported to have made their way into the church, raped and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher.

She was rushed to the university teaching hospital where she was treated and died after three days.

Her death caused an outrage and campaign against rape on social media with the hashtags #JusticeforUwa, #SayNoToRape, #WeAreTired trending.

Some UNIBEN students and other individuals staged a peaceful protest, on Monday from King’s Square area of Benin City to the state police command headquarters at the GRA to demand for justice for Uwa.

And some Nigerians and celebrities on Monday, staged an indoor protest demanding a stop to rape and killings in the country.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the killers of Uwaila would be brought to justice.

Alexandra Ejiofor
Writer, PapercodePost

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