Vera Omozuwa was reported dead on the 30th of may, 2020, she had died as a result of the injuries she sustained from a rape incident.
Vera Omozuwa, 22, was a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin. It was found that she was beaten inside a hall in the Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City on May 13, where she went to study Nigerians, being outraged by the murder of the 22 year old inside a church have demanded for the killer(s) to be apprehended and brought to immediate justice.
Uwa had on Wednesday, 27th of May, 2020 collected the keys to the church halls of her parish just as she had been doing since the beginning of the lockdown for her private educational studies. On the said date, when the night guard of the church had resumed his night shift duty a little after 6pm, he found Uwa on the floor in the pool of her own blood, half naked.
Her murder has since sparked outrage and calls for justice on social media platforms all weekend. Using the hashtag #JusticeForUwa on Twitter, several Nigerians have condemned the brutal murder of Ms Omozuwa. They are calling on the Nigerian police not to allow the case slip into the list of unresolved murders in the country.
Contrary to the opinion expressed by Nigerians that Ms Omozuwa was raped by her attackers, the police in Edo, South-South Nigeria, said such conclusion could only be drawn after a medical report is received from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and one other hospital, the first hospital she was taken to. The hashtag #JusticeForUwa trended on Sunday on Twitter because of the large number of Nigerians that took to the microblogging site to express their anger, as well as demand action from the Nigerian authorities.
“We demand justice for Uwa,” the Mirabel Centre, which provides assistance to rape victims, said in a tweet, on Sunday. “It is our collective responsibility to ensure Uwa gets justice!” Nse Ikpe-Etim, a Nollywood actress, said on Twitter, “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?” she added.
Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor has issued a statement declaring that the matter will be investigated but that should not be the first part of his response. It is imperative he takes it upon himself to make clear what his findings are to the public and ensure the Edo State Ministry of Justice is able to prosecute those who need prosecution.