Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of the University of Benin, from the department of Microbiology, faculty of Life Sciences, have been confirmed dead after injuries sustained from rape.
The 22-year-old victim was said to have been raped on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), according to report.
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.
She was later rushed to the 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, May 30, following excess loss of blood and deep cuts sustained from the attack.
….. May her soul rest in peace
UNIBEN REACTS TO RAPE AND MURDER OF ITS STUDENT
The Management of the University of Benin has received with shock, the news of the rape and subsequent murder of one of its students, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, 100 level, Microbiology Department.
Reacting on behalf of Management, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian salami, said the actions are condemnable and should not be condoned by any society. She said the current pandemic was already hard on everyone and that compounding it with inflicting additional pain on any family is a wicked act.
While commiserating with the bereaved family on the loss of their dear daughter, Professor Salami prayed God to grant her soul, peaceful rest. The Vice Chancellor then used the opportunity to call on students of the Institution and indeed all young people to be wary of the company they keep and the places that they visit.
Meanwhile, a delegation has been sent by the University’s Management to commiserate with the bereaved family.
Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D
31st May, 2020