A post graduate student of the University of Ibadan, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, has been reportedly raped and murdered in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The police confirmed the murder but denied that the victim was raped.
She was attacked on Thursday at her house in Aba Ijefun, Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan.
The case is currently trending on Twitter.
Residents of the area told our correspondent that a stone used to kill Ms Shomuyiwa was found beside her bed with blood covering her body.
“The girl was raped and killed. As of this morning, police came to the place to arrest some people they suspected,” one resident said asking not to be named.
Another resident of the community, Aduwo Ayodele, told PREMIUM TIMES that “A bad incident happened in my community today. The lady was raped and Nigerian police force came to the place.”
When contacted, the Oyo Stats police spokesperson, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the victim was murdered but there was no evidence of rape.
“Truly, the matter happened but it was not rape. She was attacked with stone on her head and left to die”, he said. “The police commiserated with the family”
Mr Fadeyi told PREMIUM TIMES that the commissioner of police was there with top officials of the security force.
“The commissioner already asked the deputy commissioner of police to take up the matter for proper investigation.”
Ms Shomuyiwa’s case happened barely 48 hours after 18-year-old Barakat Bello was gang-raped and murdered by unknown assailants in the same Ibadan.
Ms Bello was a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
It also occurs days after a female undergraduate of the University of Benin, Vera Omozuwa, died in a hospital after she was allegedly raped and assaulted in a church premises in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Activists have been calling on Nigeria authorities to deal more effectively with rapists through the strict enforcement of existing laws and promulgation of tougher sanctions.
On Friday, a coalition of civil society organisations and human rights activists held peaceful protests in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos demanding a state of emergency to be declared on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria.
The protest which took place at the police headquarters in both cities followed a perceived rise in the number of rape cases in Nigeria including the recent deaths of two rape victims.
Suspected Ritualist Kills Food Vendor, Cuts Off Hands, Head
The Osun State Police Command on Sunday said a suspected ritualist has killed and cut off the head and hands of a female food vendor in Ile-Ife on Saturday.
The Command Spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, who said this in a statement, said that the police were on the trail of the assailant.
Ms Opalola, a superintendent of police, explained that the woman, known as Iya Elekuru, was lured into a building by her killer, under the pretence that he wanted to buy food from her.
“The woman hawking food was lured inside a house and was brutally murdered.
“The suspect chopped off her head and hand and then he fled the scene with the mutilated body parts. Our men have, however, evacuated the body of the woman.
“The son of the victim has also claimed the corpse and buried her according to Islamic rites.
“Irate youths have, however, razed the building where the woman was killed and police efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspect.” The police spokesperson said.
It was gathered that a herbalist (suspected to be the culprit) was the one living in the room/house where the woman’s body was found.
Man, 50, Lands in Police Net for Alleged Killing of Girlfriend
Police personnel attached to the Ikorodu Division have arrested one Wisdom Okoro, 50, from Orlu in Imo State, for the sudden death of his girlfriend, one Enobong Udoh, 38, on April 11, 2021, around 10.45am.
“Police operatives swung into action and invited her boyfriend for interrogation and he, Wisdom Okoro, confessed that the deceased informed him that she was pregnant In February and he was in her house to check on her on April 10, 2021, around 5.14pm when the deceased informed him that she had terminated her pregnancy.
“The utterances of Wisdom revealed that he had some questions to answer. The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that he should be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba for further investigation.
“The CP assured the general public, especially Lagosians, of thorough investigation into the cases for justice to prevail.”
Police Arrest Two Women over Death of 64 Year Old Man
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspects for the alleged killing of one Osita Anwuanwu, 64, in the Arida area of Ikotun.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Sunday that the daughter of the deceased reported he had an argument with the suspects and slumped in the process, adding that the suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for further investigation.
He said: “Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have again arrested two suspects for the alleged killing of one Osita Anwuanwu, 64, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on April 8, 2021, around 8.45pm.
“The daughter of the deceased, Linda Anwuanwu, reported to the police at Ikotun Division that she was informed that her father, one Osita Anwuanwu, 64, was lying unconscious in a pub at Arida after he had a misunderstanding with one Ngozi Emezue, 38, and Juliet Eguebor, 35. Police operatives from the Ikotun Division raced to the scene and rushed the deceased to the General Hospital, Igando, where he was certified dead.
“According to preliminary investigation by the police, the deceased had gone to check his lady friend, Juliet, who he had not seen for some time, at Ngozi’s pub, where he and the suspects engaged in a hot argument and physical assault before he slumped.
“The two suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Osita Anwuanwu.”