Police Arrest Suspect Linked to UNIBEN Student Murder

Police Arrest Suspect Linked to UNIBEN Student Murder

…As Atiku Wants Rape Declared a Pandemic The Edo State Police Command has arrested one of the suspects linked to the rape and murder of 100-level student of University of Benin, Miss Vera Omozuwa. This is coming amidst another case of killing of an 18-year-old girl, identified as Miss Bello Barakat, who was reportedly gang

…As Atiku Wants Rape Declared a Pandemic

The Edo State Police Command has arrested one of the suspects linked to the rape and murder of 100-level student of University of Benin, Miss Vera Omozuwa. This is coming amidst another case of killing of an 18-year-old girl, identified as Miss Bello Barakat, who was reportedly gang raped and murdered by unknown men in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

According to Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, spokesperson of the Edo State Police Command, a deputy superintendent of Police (DSP), the suspect was arrested after the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined.

On Monday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed Adamu said he has ordered the deployment of forensic experts to Edo state to unravel the circumstances that led to the student’s death, with the aim of bringing perpetrators to book.

Miss Omozuwa was attacked while studying inside the hall of a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), in Ikpoba Hill, Benin City, according to the Police.

The 22-year-old university student was taken to hospital where doctors battled to save her, but Omozuwa died three days later, the church spokesperson, Mr Olaitan Olubiyi said.

The Police spokesperson described Omozuwa’s death as a “brutal attack” in a statement, promising the Police authorities would “bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time .”

Olubiyi, spokesperson of RCCG said Omozuwa was a member of the choir who had studied privately at the church since lockdown measures due to the coronavirus pandemic were put in place in Nigeria in March.

“We are all devastated by her death. She decided to do some private studies during the lockdown because the church was peaceful. She’s been taking the key from the parish pastor and returning it after her studies.

“But that day she didn’t return it and the night guard who resumed duty found her in a pool of her own blood and half-naked in the church hall,” Olubiyi added.

While expressing deep shock over the incident, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the reported rape and gruesome murder of Miss Omozuwa, by unknown persons, describing it as a violent violation and termination of a dream, sacrilegious and totally unacceptable.

It said that those who murdered the innocent teenage student who went to carry out private studies in the quietness and holiness of the church are agents of Satan and bloody murderers and persons bent on bringing the name of the Body of Christ into disrepute.

“They have committed the most egregious and most senseless profanity that is unprecedented in historical context and monumental in terms of the sheer quantum of what their attempts to damage the brand of the church represents broadly, which is a place that righteousness, peace and human progress are preached.

“These killers who ended the precious and sacred life of this girl are primitive, satanic, brutish and rapacious. They have committed multiple offences against the Body of Christ and violated the sanctity of the life of this teenage student and their deprivation of her life is murderous and has deprived her of her constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right to life as provided for in section 33(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” HURIWA said Sunday in a statement.

In the statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, the rights group said they are discomfited and disappointed in the disruptive statement of the University of Benin authorities, which sought to cast damaging innuendos of impropriety on the incident by blaming the victims of violence instead of the perpetrators.

“We think that the reaction of the University of Benin is not far reaching enough but is timid, tendentious, ambiguous and was done in bad faith. The University of Benin through their reaction tried to cast a blame that the victim of this deadly rape and insensitive gruesome attacks may have brought the misfortune to herself by the company she kept.

“This pedestrian argument, without the faintest empirical evidence, is irresponsible and irrational and has therefore exposed the signatory of that public statement by the authority of the University of insensitivity. Is the University saying then that it has knowledge of those who carried out this dastardly act of murder and sexual violation of the most depraved dimension? Why say the students should be careful of the company they keep as if the authority has information not available to the public about the identity of her killers or what?

“That mumbo jumbo of a media statement by the University of Benin is absolutely absurd and ridiculous,” HURIWA said.

It called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately constitute a team of investigators and speedily bring the perpetrators to book.

It also appealed to the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who it says, is one of the few credible fathers of organised religions in Nigeria to mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari, to task the IGP to arrest, prosecute and punish heavily these senseless killers of this young girl in a scene that is similar to the movie called Murder in the Cathedral.

These killers who committed this murder and raped the victim inside a church of God, HURIWA said, must be immediately arrested.

An 18-year-old girl, identified as Miss Bello Barakat, was reportedly gang raped and murdered by unknown men in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

The incident was said to have occurred on Tuesday in Akinyele area of Ibadan, Oyo state.

It was gathered that her dad found her dead body around their home, after her body was examined, they discovered that she was raped, then she got murdered.

Miss Bello Barakat, was a year one student of Federal College of Animal Health and Production in Ibadan. She has been buried according to Islamic rites.

Meanwhile, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Southwest, zone D has demanded justice for the deceased who was assaulted and murdered.

Her death has continued to attract outrage nationwide as Nigerians have taken to social media to express their displeasure over the rising cases of Rape in Nigeria with the hashtag #JusticeforBarakat.

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Mr Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, put a call to the family of late Uwa Omozuwa, expressing his deepest condolences to the family.

He, however, stated that rape is now a pandemic in Nigeria, adding that it’s time to reviewed laws on rape in the country.

“I just spoke to the family of the late Uwa Omozuwa. I expressed my deepest condolences over her rape and murder. I feel their anguish. Sadly, rape is now a pandemic in our country.

“It is time we reviewed the laws on rape to ensure that there are no escape routes in the investigation, prosecution, conviction and adequate punishment for this heinous crime.

“After speaking with the Omozuwa family, my attention was drawn to yet another rape and murder of another young lady, Barakat Bello, in Ibadan. As a father, I know what it is like to deal with such a loss. We are racing against time.

“It is crucial that the rapist(s) of Barakat and all other victims are speedily brought to justice to serve as a deterrent,” Atiku said in a tweet.

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