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Rape, murder of UNIBEN student inside church, sparks national outrage

Rape, murder of UNIBEN student inside church, sparks national outrage


The gang-rape and murder of a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Uwaila Omozuwa inside church in Edo State has sparked national outrage.

Nigerians from all works of life have condemned the despicable act and called on the Inspector General Police and the Edo state government to immediately set up an investigation to unravel the murderers.

The 22-year-old student went to her church The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, to read when some unknown men attacked and raped her, leaving her for dead on Wednesday, May 27.

A family source said Uwaila died on Saturday midnight at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where she was rushed to after the attack.

He said;

“The church’s security officer had gone to collect the keys to the church from its keeper when he was told that there was someone in the church already.

“He got to the church only to find Uwaila in a pool of blood  and next to her was the fire extinguisher which was used to bash her face.

“He ran back to inform the key keeper and his wife, who went to the church to meet her lifeless, thinking she was dead. After careful observation, they noticed she moved her hand and quickly rushed her to the hospital.

“It was at the hospital that Uwaila revealed she was reading all alone when some unknown men came into the church, beat, raped and hit her head with a fire extinguisher. However, she later passed on.”

The incident has led to a social media campaign for justice with the hashtag #JusticeForUwa.

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