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HURIWA wants forensic investigation into rape, murder of Omozuwa in Benin Church


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to immediately constitute a team of investigators and speedily bring the perpetrators of the killer of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level Microbiology student of University of Benin, by unknown persons, in a church in Benin City to book.

The Rights group also urged the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye who is one of the few credible fathers of organised religions in Nigeria to mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to task the IGP to arrest, prosecute and punish these senseless killers of this young girl in a scene that is similar to the movie called “Murder in the Cathedral”, adding that these killers who committed this murder and raped the victim inside a Church of God must be immediately arrested.

HURIWA stated that this is a violent violation and termination of a dream and we think this is sacrilegious and totally unacceptable.


“Those who murdered this innocent teenage student who went to carry out private studies in the quietness and holiness of the Church are agents of Satan who are bloody murderers and persons bent on bringing the name of the Body of Christ into disrepute.

“They have committed the most egregious and most senseless profanity that is unprecedented in historical context and monumental in terms of the sheer quantum of what their attempts to damage the brand of the Church represents broadly which is a place that righteousness, peace and human progress are preached, ” it said

In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf said they are understably discomfited and disappointed in the disruptive statement of UNIBEN (University of Benin) authorities, which sought to cast a damaging innuendos of impropriety on the incident, by blaming the victims of violence instead of the perpetrators.


HURIWA said: “We think that the reaction of the University of Benin is not far reaching enough but is timid, tendentious, ambiguous and was done in bad faith. The University of Benin through their reaction tried to cast a blame that the victim of this deadly rape and insensitive gruesome attacks may have brought the misfortune to herself by the company she kept.

“This pedestrian argument without the faintest empirical evidence is irresponsible and irrational and has therefore exposed the signatory of that public statement by the authority of University of Benin of insensitivity. Is the University of Benin saying then that it has knowledge of those who carried out this dastardly act of murder and sexual violation of the most depraved dimension?

“Why say the students should be careful of the company they keep as if the authority has information not available to the public about the identity of her killers or what? That mumbo jumbo of a media statement by the University of Benin is absolutely absurd and ridiculous.”


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