* Orders strengthening of gender-based unit
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar 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. According to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters Abuja DCP Frank Mba, 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.
Mba said the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure speedy and thorough investigation of the case.
Mba also stated that 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. He said 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.
Mba said the IGP has also called on members of the public to provide the police 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.