Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, has deployed additional investigators to investigate the death of Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 22-year-old student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
Adamu gave the directive in a statement issued by Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, on Monday.
According to the statement, Adamu also approved the deployment of forensic support to the Edo State Police Command to aid the investigation.
The deployment of additional aids, the police said, is part of “deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of the student”.
The statement read: “The Inspector-General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.”
Mba quoted the IGP as saying that the public should remain calm over the incident, assuring the perpetrators of the act will be caught and punished.
“The IGP, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.
“He calls for calm and assures that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest time possible,” the statement read.
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According to friends of the 22-year-old undergraduate, who was popularly known as Uwa, her attackers subsequently smashed her head with a fire extinguisher and left her unconscious.
She was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital but succumbed to her injuries three days later.
The incident prompted a rage on social media, with Nigerians demanding justice for the late student using the hashtag #JusticeforUWA on Twitter.