Ex-NBA chairman demands justice for rape, murder victims
Following the gruesome rape and murder of a female student of the University of Benin, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa in Benin, Edo state, the erstwhile chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Lagos branch, Mr Alex Muoka has called for justice.
He urged Nigerians to continue to demand a meticulous investigation of the heinous crime to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
According to him, it is a sad and unacceptable situation. Our dysfunctional society must be fixed, he insisted.
His words: “Today, we mourn her passing. She was brutally raped, assaulted and left for dead by unknown assailant’s right inside the Church, and she later succumbed to the mortal injuries inflicted on her. The life of an innocent and promising young lady was cruelly terminated in a holy sanctuary.
“The whole nation is aghast at the dastardly act. The deep anguish that her parents and friends keenly feel is shared by all of us. How could this be? How could a place of piety, a sanctuary of worship be desecrated in this way? How could a young and promising life be cut short in such an abominable manner? What kind of animalistic instinct was at play here?
“The cries for justice have been swift and strident. They must not be stilled! This is one rape and assault too many. This has gone too far! To think that whilst nations are battling a global pandemic and people should be concerned with escaping infection and death, there are still rapists and murderers lurking in our midst looking for hapless innocents to devour is unthinkable.”
Muoka further noted that the Police in Dutse, Jigawa State, arrested 11 men who had been raping a 12-year old girl severally on different occasions just recently, adding that it is not an isolated incident.
He declared: “These are indeed troubling times. It is disturbing that at a time when we should be avoiding unnecessary physical contact with others and looking out to keep each other safe, reports of cases of domestic and sexual violence are on the increase. Some people who should be protectors of the vulnerable, younger, and weaker dependants or neighbours, are the marauding destroyers of innocent virtues. And they hope to go unpunished.”
Muoka therefore charged Nigerians to expose the culprits and the government to work to remedy the worrisome inefficiencies in security apparatus and criminal justice system.
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