The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the ongoing investigations into the inhuman sexual assault and death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa which occurred recently in Benin, Edo State from the Police State Headquarters, Benin, to the Force headquarters, Abuja.
The IGP’s directive is a sequel to the preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the Edo State Police Command in the investigations into the unfortunate incident.
The victim, Late Miss Omozuwa was allegedly raped and murdered at a Pentecostal Church in Benin, the Edo State Capital last week.
Police in Edo, had on Tuesday said it has arrested a suspect in the crime.
But the latest directive from the IGP, said the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael, will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure a speedy and thorough investigation of the case.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said the IGP has also ordered the immediate deployment of specialized investigators and additional investigation assets to all the Gender Desks Offices and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWC) across the country.
“This is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the Units to respond to increasing challenges of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence linked with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and other social ills within the country,” the statement said.
It quotes the IGP as calling on members of the public to provide the police with useful information that could aid investigations into ongoing cases of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence across the country.
The statement further enjoins parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards in these trying times.