Nigerians Demand Justice as UNIBEN Student Raped in the Church, Dies (Graphic Photos)

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 31 – Nigerians have taken to the social media to demand justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of the University of Benin who died after being raped in the church.

According to media sources, Vera, a fresher at the department of Microbiology, faculty of Life Sciences, at UNIBEN was raped on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

Today’s Echo gathers that the 22-year-old victim had gone to the church to read as usual, in preparation for the lifting of the coronavirus-imposed shutdown of schools.

The perpetrators were said to have attacked her at the RCCG Ohovbe road branch, raped and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her for dead.

Vera was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where she battled for her dear life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

She, however, gave up the ghost Saturday midnight, May 30, following excess loss of blood and deep cuts sustained from the attack.

A family source, who confirmed the development, described the deceased as “an easy-going somebody (sic).” Her remains had been deposited at the morgue.

Friends and all those, who knew her closely during her lifetime, have been paying tribute and calling for the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to justice. Many others have condemned the act and called for justice.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of our loved one, friend, sister and course mate.

“She was raped on her way home from church and had her head smashed with a fire extinguisher in broad day light around Ikpoba Hill, Benin City. This happened yesterday, May 30, 2020,” one friend wrote in a tweet.

While the identity of Vera’s assailants is still unknown, it is likely that she was a victim of cultism, a menace that has ravaged Nigerian tertiary institutions for several years and brought untold pains to many.

“Some of these barbaric behaviors are just to prove false toughness and sometimes the show of force to impress senseless cults and occults. The more this is condemned by all, the less attractive they become,” a source told Today’s Echo.

The hashtag #JusticeForUwa, is trending as Nigerians demand for justice for the fallen student and one of the numerous victims of rape in the country.

See some of the tweets below:

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