UNIBEN speaks on rape, murder of female student

UNIBEN undergraduate, Uwa Omozuwa, dies after being raped in RCCG parish

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has described the news of the rape and murder of one of its students, Vera Omozuwa, as “shocking”.

The 22-year-old, on May 27, was said to have visited The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) parish in Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, to study.

Ms Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student, was then struck in the head with a fire extinguisher and raped by men yet to be identified. She died of the injuries three days later.

Vice-Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof Lilian Salami, in a statement on Sunday through the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Benedicta Ehanire, said the actions were condemnable and should not be condoned by any society.

She said the current COVID-19 pandemic was already hard on everyone and that compounding it with inflicting additional pain on any family was a wicked act.

While commiserating with the bereaved family on the loss of their daughter, Salami prayed God to grant her soul peaceful rest.

The vice-chancellor urged students of the institution and indeed all young people to be wary of the company they kept and the places they visited.

Meanwhile, a delegation had been sent by the university’s management to commiserate with the bereaved family.