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#JusticeForUwa: "Her Parents Did Not Report Any Rape Only Assault" - Edo Police Release Statement

A 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Uwaila Omozuwa has been confirmed dead after being raped and beaten inside her local church.
The 22-year-old student who goes to read everyday at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, was attacked with a fire extinguisher by unknown men on Wednesday, May 27.

A family source said Uwaila died on Saturday midnight at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where she was rushed to after the attack.

He said;

“The church’s security officer had gone to collect the keys to the church from its keeper when he was told that there was someone in the church already.

"He got to the church only to find Uwaila in a pool of blood  and next to her was the fire extinguisher which was used to bash her face.

"He ran back to inform the key keeper and his wife, who went to the church to meet her lifeless, thinking she was dead. After careful observation, they noticed she moved her hand and quickly rushed her to the hospital.

"It was at the hospital that Uwaila revealed she was reading all alone when some unknown men came into the church , beat, raped and hit her head with a fire extinguisher. However, she later passed on."

The state police via it's DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident but said the police only received a report of ''Assault Occasioning Harm'' and not rape as is being reported online.

Nwabuzor said the father of the girl went to the police station to report the matter but that he never mentioned rape.

''The information I received from the Divisional Police officer in charge of the Ikpoba Hill Division was that the father of the deceased made a complaint and the complaint he made was Assault Occasioning Harm and since he reported the matter, the father had not come back. They took the deceased to the hospital where she gave up the ghost. We have asked the DPO to reach out to the father of the girl who refused to come back to the station after reporting the case at the first instance.

I confirm that the incident happened and that the girl was assaulted but that of rape, nobody can testify. There was no one there that can testify that the girl was raped. The girl was in a Coma so they couldn't record a statement from her until she gave up the ghost.

The DPO said the father of the girl only reported Assault Ocassioning Harm, that no rape was mentioned because he himself wasn't there and nobody is coming forward to say I witnessed what happened there.

So the father's report according to the law is just a hear say testimony. He wasn't there'' the police spokesperson said

 Nwabuzor said the police is currently carrying out an investigation into the matter to determine what truly happened.

BBC/LIB/DailyPost

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