Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the brutal death of a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Uwaila Omozuwa who was raped and physically assaulted inside her local church in Edo state.
According to multiple reports, the 22-year-old student frequently went to read at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Edo Province in Benin, before she was attacked with a fire extinguisher by unknown men 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.”
Raped, brutalized and murdered in Church 💔
The people who did this to this ady MUST not go unpunished😡😡
— Pastor Clinton (@Zaddy_Clinton) May 31, 2020
The incident has led to a social media campaign for justice with the hashtag #JusticeForUwa. There has also been many reactions from celebrities along with the Governor of Edo, Godwin Obaseki who condemned the incident and reassured the public that justice will be served. Here are some tweets below:
I have ordered the Nigeria Police Force ( @PoliceNG ) to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN). #JusticeForUwa
— Godwin Obaseki (GGO) (@GovernorObaseki) May 31, 2020
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) May 31, 2020
They either abuse their power, or have the power to abuse. In or out of uniform, we live in constant fear of men. Tina Ezekwe. Vera Omozuwa. Rest In Peace my darlings. We will get justice.🌹💔 pic.twitter.com/e9c4ODcEri
— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) May 31, 2020
How easy it is to take a life you had no hand in creating…😢😢😢…what heartlessness dwells in hearts of these rapists and killers??🤬#JusticeForUwa
— Kate Henshaw (@HenshawKate) May 31, 2020
She had just been admitted to the University of Benin to study microbiology. She was 22. Uwa's dream of becoming a nurse has now been dashed by rapists and murders. All she wanted to do was read. When will girls feel safe again? #JusticeForUwa pic.twitter.com/fslvHzgLb8
— Nse Ikpe-Etim (@NseIkpeEtim) May 31, 2020
WE ARE TIRED OF NOT FEELING SAFE ! IN CHURCH, IN SCHOOL, AT WORK ! WOMEN ARE TIRED #JusticeForUwa
— Z. (@LadyDonli) May 31, 2020
Another day, another hashtag. #JusticeForUwa she was 22. SICK
— Asa (@Asa_official) May 31, 2020
#WeAreTired of senseless killings, lorries falling on road and killing passengers, ACs catching fire and burning houses, young girls getting raped, young boys killed by SARZ, no jobs for graduates, please add your own frustration because my list is long
— Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) May 31, 2020
— Mercy Eke (@real_mercyeke) May 31, 2020
This #JusticeForUwa tag is so heartbreaking. Gosh!!!
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) May 31, 2020
Rape is a completely despicable act without any tenable excuse. It injures not just the body of the survivor but their soul & many times may break their Spirit. We must strive for a society that makes it safe for women in all spaces and raises better meN
— M I C A S A 🎶 (@koredebello) May 31, 2020
If you have daughters Train them.
If you have sons Caution them.
The female gender don’t deserve what they are facing currently, There is no justification of rape.
It’s a shameful act and the accused should face the full wrath of the law. #JusticeForUwa 💔
— Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt (@djjimmyjatt) May 31, 2020
I strongly condemn the gruesome killing of vera uwaila .a 100 level microbiology student of our great uniben..dastardly as it it,we are yet to hear of any arrest..may God give her parents fortitude to bear the loss..justice must be served..she was just 22yrs old.#justiceforuwa
— Apst Johnson Suleman (@APOSTLESULEMAN) May 31, 2020
terrible times. incidents like this shouldn’t keep happening, we need to speak up and more importantly, do better as a people. stop raping and killing, e no make sense! let’s not destroy our future with our own hands. 🙏🏾💔#JusticeForUwa #JusticeForTina
— Fireboy DML (@fireboydml) May 31, 2020
Everyday, another child murdered.
How many more must die. If you let fear control you, you will remain a spectator.
The day of Justice and Judgment is coming.#JusticeForTina #JusticeForUwa #JusticeforNigeria
— TEMS (@temsbaby) May 31, 2020
The people need a policing system they can trust.
Even the police no trust police force for Naija.
— T.E.S.L.I.M (@VectorThaViper) May 31, 2020
Uwa’s story is sooo heart breaking 💔 I’m asking WHYYYYY??? She only went to study in the church! WHYYYY rape and kill her? WHYYYY? I will never stop asking WHYY? Because no excuse or reason can justify the murder! WHYYYY? #WeAreTired #JusticeForUwa
— DR CRAZE (@crazeclown) May 31, 2020
— MÓŃKELE ❤️ (@_Taaooma) May 31, 2020
Heart breaking to wake up everyday to sad news, it’s sickening and terrifying!!#WeAreTired
Uwa was RAPED and BRUTALLY MURDERED in cold blood while reading inside a CHURCH!!! what did she fu*cking do wrong!!!!!?😩😩
No one deserves this💔💔💔
— TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@Symply_Tacha) May 31, 2020
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) May 31, 2020
I can't post the pictures I've seen of Uwa. She went to church to study. She was 22. She was brutally raped and beaten. The culprits are on the run.
Uwa could have been any of us.#JusticeForUwa
— Adesua Etomi-Wellington (@AdesuaEtomiW) May 31, 2020
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