This is sad! A first year Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Uwaila Omozuwa has been confirmed dead after being raped and beaten inside her local church.
The 22-year-old student who goes to read everyday at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, 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.
“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.”
Read some reactions from Nigerians on social media below…
“What a cruel world we live in. When i looked at her smiling pictures (Pre -death), I saw a life full of hope and grace. On the other hand, looking at her smashed skull made me cringe and cry at the wickedness in the hearts of men. R.I.P Uwa”
“Without a strong forensic lab & adequate record keeping, crime investigation will be a mirage for PoliceNG. Do we’ve register for sex offenders in Nigeria? Any for pedophiles? What about simple burglers (breaking & entry)? How can you solve crime without records?”
“I’m too tired/angry to even say something. Likeeeeee. Damn. Won’t be surprised if those men have been watching her movement for sometimes or if they are even a member of the church.”
“Nigerians keep using Twitter & other social media platforms to demand justice, don’t go out there and take over the Aso rock like wat Americans did to d white house. Keep deceiving yourself with justice for this and that.. Go out and PROTEST. It can be me 2moro”
“Uwa was raped & brutalized in the church which should have been the safest place for anyone to be. How more careful can WOMEN be? Women are constantly being raped in the office, home, school, church, market etc. A rapist is the one with the problem.”