Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), at Ikpoba Hill, Benin City.
The deceased was alleged to have been raped after her head was smashed with a fire extinguisher at a Pentecostal church in Benin City, which led to her death.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy Mr. Crusoe Osagie said Governor Obaseki has mandated the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security agencies to fish out the culprits and bring them to justice.
“The governor is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Miss Omozuwa. We have been in consultation with the Edo State Command and have mandated thorough investigation of the matter to ensure that those who are responsible for this heinous crime are brought to justice.”
He added that the government will ensure that the full weight of the law runs its course and that the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law and other such laws related to rape and sexual abuse are exploited to get justice for the deceased.
Osagie expressed the governor’s condolences to the bereaved family.