The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has ordered an investigation into the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN in the state.
Nigerians on Sunday took to the new media using the hashtag #JusticeforUwa demanding justice for the victim, Uwa, who died after she was raped inside a church of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Reports reveal that, the student was assaulted and raped while she was reading inside the parish Ikpoba Hill in Benin.
Some unknown men were reported to have made their way into the church auditorium where they hit her head with a fire extinguisher, which led to her death.
Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication Strategy, while reacting to the incident said Obaseki has ordered the police and other security agencies to fish out the culprits and bring them to justice.
The statement read in part: “The governor is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.
“We have been in consultation with the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and have mandated thorough investigation of the matter to ensure that those who are responsible for this heinous crime are brought to justice.”
Osagie further said the state government would ensure that the full weight of the law run its course and that the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law and other such laws related to rape and sexual abuse are exploited to get justice for the deceased.
He also expressed the Governor’s deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.