Autopsy has revealed that a claim that the University of Benin student, Uwa Omozuwa, who was raped and murdered in a church in Edo State, was pregnant is false.
Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Yinka Omorogbe, on Friday said Uwa was not pregnant, adding that the autopsy confirmed she was a virgin before she was attacked.
According to the commissioner, the reports of Uwa being impregnated by her pastor caused serious anguish to the family members, describing it as a terrible story.
“We were all terribly shocked to see what happened to Uwa. It was terrible; it was a brutal experience.
“We were further shocked by some of the different things we saw all over the place, particularly on social media, and that is why it is important we come here.
“For example, we saw a terrible lie being peddled on social media, not regular press, that Uwa was impregnated by her pastor. That has been refuted, though it caused serious anguish to the family members. It’s a terrible story.
“Though one cannot talk at this point, from the autopsy done on Uwa, it was clearly established that not only was she not pregnant, she was a virgin, so, how boyfriend and pregnancy came in, only God knows,” he said.
The 100-level student was raped and murdered in the church where she had gone to read.
The crimes caused anguish and grief that spreads across the country and beyond.
Unfortunately some other female students have suffered a similar fate after the tragedy, including Barakat Bello, in Ibadan.
Omorogbe said all would be done to unravel the rape and killing of Uwa. He enjoined all, especially the mainstream media to devote their machinery to the war against rape.
He added, “All we are trying to do is to make sure there is no more rape in Edo State. Not only do I believe that rape can be totally eradicated in the state, but the government of Mr Obaseki is also committed to ensuring total eradication of rape in this state.”