The Edo State Police Command on Wednesday, paraded the six suspects who allegedly raped and killed a 100-Level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, in a church in Ihovbe quarters in Benin.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, who paraded the suspects on Wednesday identified them as Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Mrs Tina Samuel, Mrs Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe.
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It will be recalled that the late Uwaila had gone to the church to read when the suspects raped and inflicted serious injury on her that eventually led to her death.
One of the suspected killers, Collins Uligbe confessed that his landlady, Mrs Mary Ade, gave them N1 million to kill the student.
Collins also said that he was asked by the landlady to wipe Uwaila’s private part with a handkerchief so that she could use it for ritual purposes and prosper in her business. However, the landlady denied the allegation.
The CP said, “The matter is of great concern to the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, who sent homicide experts to work with our policemen in Benin.
“What we are seeing today is a result of the efforts of the police to get at the root of the crime, and today, I announce to you that the perpetrators have been arrested.”
Kokumo said the post-mortem confirmed that the deceased was raped.
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He said he had earlier told the people of the state that the police would do all in their powers to unmask those behind her death, adding that the parade of the suspects had made good their promise.
The Police Commissioner, Mr Johnson Kokumo said the police had been able to recover sizeable number of arms that would have been used to disrupt the Edo 2020 gubernatorial election.
According to him, “we have been able to recover a sizeable number of arms and ammunition that would have been used to disrupt the Edo 2020 gubernatorial election, on, before or after the election. The Edo State Police Command will continue to ensure that we recover all arms and ammunition that are in private hands so that the Edo 2020 will be held in an atmosphere of peace.”
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