Vera Uwaila Omozuwa’s death: IGP orders Force-CID to takeover investigation as he strengthens Gender Based Unit

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Late miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa
Late miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa

MOHAMMED A. Adamu, inspector General of Police, IGP, has ordered the immediate transfer of the ongoing investigations into the inhuman sexual assault and death of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa which occurred recently in Benin, Edo State from the Police State Headquarters, Benin, to the Force headquarters, Abuja.

The IGP’s directive is 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.

Anthony Ogbizi Michael, deputy inspector general of police, DIG, in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure speedy and thorough investigation of the case.

Similarly, the IGP has 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.

Meanwhile, the IGP has called 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. He also enjoins parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards in these trying times, according to Frank Mba, Force public relations officer.

– June 2, 2020 @ 17:19 GMT |

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