Suspected Killers of the 22-year-old first year student of the University of Benin who was raped and fatally wounded while reading inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) parish in Benin, Edo State on May 27, 2020 have confessed that she was not raped.
One of six arrested suspects says his gang was paid the sum of N1 million to commit the crime, but his fellow accused have denied any involvement.
The Edo State Police Command this week paraded Collins Ulegbe, Akato Valentine, Nelson Ogbebor, Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien, and Tina Samuel as suspects in connection to the crime.
Osabohien, a phone repairer, was the first to be arrested by the police because he bought Uwa’s phone from Ulegbe whom he led authorities to.
In his confessional statement to journalists, Ulegbe said his friend, Valentine, had on the day of the crime invited him to join three others who showed him the sum of N1 million to be shared after the group carried out a task he wasn’t told about immediately.
The native of Abhor, Delta State, named the three as Ogbebor, Lucky Boro, a suspect that’s currently on the run, and another unnamed accomplice that’s also currently at large.
He said the gang made incisions on their bodies with razor blade and swore a blood oath to not reveal the secret of what they were about to do.
The 24-year-old said he was led to the church where Uwa was murdered, and that the team first scanned the area to be sure no one was around before entering the church with a plank.
He said he was having a conversation with the victim when she was hit from behind with the plank, to his shock.
“I told them they would have informed me, that I wouldn’t have consented to it so we quarreled about it. I was angry,” he said.
He further swore that contrary to reports, Uwa was not raped by the gang. However, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, said post-mortem examination proved that she was raped.