The Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, on Friday, said that the late University of Benin, UNIBEN, student, Vera Uwa Omozuwa, was a virgin before she was raped and murdered in the state capital.
She also dismissed reports making the rounds that she was impregnated by her pastor who ordered the hoodlums to rape and kill her.
“We were shocked by some of the different things we saw all over the place, particularly on social media,” she said.
There were reports that the suspect arrested in connection with Uwa’s murder confessed that he was sent by the church pastor because she was pregnant for him.
But Omorogbe, who debunked the report while speaking to journalists during a protest rally organised by members of Edo Women Development Initiatives (EWDI), noted that the news 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 was a terrible story.
“Though one cannot talk much at this point, from the autopsy done on Uwa, it was clearly established that not only was she not pregnant, she was also a virgin. So, how boyfriend and pregnancy came in, only God knows.
“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. Godwin Obaseki is also committed to ensuring that there is the total eradication of rape culture in this state and that all rapists are given the punishment they deserve.
“We are doing all we can to make sure that this becomes a reality. This is why there is a need for partnership. First and foremost, in any news, we need to know the source of the news that we come across. So, it is important we come here,” she said.