The Edo state Police command has nabbed six suspects on the murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, the 100 level student of the department of Microbiology, University of Benin, who was raped and gruesomely killed in a church while reading.
According to one of the suspects, Collins Ujegbulem, he revealed that he was paid the sum of 1million naira by another nabbed suspect, Mary Adeh, to kill the student for ritual purposes.
The suspects paraded by the Police are: Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Tina Samuel, Mary Adeh, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ujegbulem.
Ujegbulem also confessed to hitting the late Vera Omozuwa with a fire extinguisher after she was previously hit twice on the head with a plank.
Narrating the incident, Collins said that while four of the assailant were inside the church while he was outside watching to see if anyone was coming close to the church so he could inform the others.
Collins said he suddenly heard a heavy sound and saw that Nelson, a member of the gang had hit Omozuwa in the neck with a plank.
The suspect added that Omozuwa fell and kicked a table. As she was about to stand up, she was hit again with a plank. Seeing that she had fallen, he, Collins, then carried a fire extinguisher that was inside the church and hit her head. Then Omozuwa’s blood was allegedly cleaned with her handkerchief and given to Mary, the lady who had paid them N17 million to kill her for rituals.
The police had trapped and arrested the suspects by tracing Omozuwa’s mobile phone to one Osabohien Nosakhare, a phone repairer at Agbor Park in Benin, who had bought it for the sum of N17, 000.
Nosakhare, who was arrested around Owie Quarters in Benin-city then took the police to arrest the principal suspect, Collins Ujegbulem, who confessed to participating in the gruesome murder.
Collins then named Akhator Valentine and Nelson Ogbebor as other members of the gang.
Tina Samuel was arrested for allegedly obstructing the police from arresting her son identified as lucky. Lucky is suspected to have participated in the murder.
Uwaila had gone to the church to read when the suspects raped and inflicted serious injury on her, which eventually led to her death.
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, while briefing pressmen, said autopsy report revealed that Omozuwa was raped.
“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.”
Source: PM News