Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Yinka Omorogbe, has said that the slain student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Uwa Omozuwa, was a virgin.
Ms Omozuwa had gone to a church to study on May 27. There, she was said to have been accosted by some men, raped and hit with a fire extinguisher on the head. She died on May 30 in a hospital.
Omorogbe, on Friday, denied reports circulating on social media that the suspect arrested in connection with Omozuwa’s murder confessed that he was sent by a church pastor because she was pregnant for him.
The commissioner, addressing protesters from the Edo Women Development Initiatives, said: “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.”
Omorogbe called for partnership with the mainstream media to eradicate rape from the society.