UNIBEN student raped inside church in Benin, dies

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Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN, from the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, has died from injuries sustained from rape.

The 22-year-old victim was said to have been raped on Friday 29 May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

The deceased 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.

Miss Vera was rushed to the UNIBEN, 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, 30 May, following the 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.

Nigerians have since taken to Twitter, using #JusticeForUwa, to demand justice for the fallen student and one of the numerous victims of rape in the country.

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