N1m to kill UNIBEN student for ritual, suspect claims

Six persons suspected to be involved in the murder of a 21-year-old University of Benin (UNIBEN) female student, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozua, have been arrested by the police in Edo state.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the state’s commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo, paraded the suspects on Wednesday, August 26.

Recall that Uwaila who was a 100 level Microbiology student was allegedly killed by some suspected rapists at a church in Benin City where she reportedly went to read sometimes in May.

Vera Omozua: My landlady gave me N1m to kill UNIBEN student for ritual, suspect claims
Vera Omozua: My landlady gave me N1m to kill UNIBEN student for ritual, suspect claims. Photo credit: Nigerian Tribune

One of the suspected killers, Collins Uligbe confessed that her landlady, Mrs Mary Ade, gave them N1 million to kill the student.

Collins who 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.

According to the police commissioner, the postmortem results confirmed that Miss Omozua was indeed raped before she was murdered.

The police chief assured the people of Edo state that the police will leave no stone unturned to unravel the mystery behind the killing.

Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state had earlier ordered the investigation and immediate arrest of the culprits involved in Miss Omozua’s death.

On his Twitter page, Governor Obaseki assured residents that the police command in the state is on the matter and that in no time, Vera’s killers will be tracked, arrested, and prosecuted.

Also, the federal government expressed sadness over the death of the UNIBEN student and called on all and sundry to rise against coordinated violence channelled against women in society.

In a tweet by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs on Monday, June 1, the government at the central called for justice for both Uwaila and Tina Ezekiel who were both killed in a blood-soaked circumstance.

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