Protest rocks Benin over killing of UNIBEN undergraduate

Protest rocks Benin over killing of UNIBEN undergraduate

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While some some Nigerians on Monday, staged an indoor protest to demand a stop to rape and extrajudicial killings in the country, with the protesters taking their pictures of displayed placards with various inscriptions like: ‘Don’t tell me how to dress, tell them not to rape me. Enough is Enough’, ‘Stop raping women! Stop killing women! No means no’, ‘Say no to rape’, ‘Stop raping us’, ‘My body, my choice’, and ‘Don’t be a rape apologist.,’ a few others in Benin, Edo State, took to the streets to register their displeasure.

Some UNIBEN students and members of the public stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Benin to demand justice for Uwaila Omosuwa. The protesters, who were clad in black attire, staged a walk from the King’s Square area of Benin City to the state police command headquarters at the GRA. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Ayoola Ajala, who received the protesters, assured them that investigation had commenced and arrests had been made in connection with the murder.

The protest was sparked off by the killing of a 100 level undergraduate of the University of Benin, Uwaila Omosuwa, who had gone to study in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Miracle Sanctuary Mega Parish, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City on May 27, 2020, when she was raped and brutalised by her assailants. The men had reportedly forced their way into the church, raped and smashed Uwaila’s head with a fire extinguisher.

It was gathered that the church security guard, who just resumed duty, found Uwaila in a pool of her own blood and called for help, while the victim was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Uwaila did not recover from her state of unconsciousness until she died on Saturday.

The victim’s father, Johnson Omozuwa, called on security agencies to fish out his daughter’s killers while the victim’s mother said she was surprised that her daughter could suffer such a gruesome death after being raped adding that Uwaila was a peaceful person and wondered why anyone would do such a thing to her.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the killers of Uwaila would be brought to justice as the Police Force has deployed investigation aid and forensic support to the Edo State Police Command to complement the ongoing probe of the death of a 100-level student of the University of Benin.
“The IG, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He calls for calm and gives the assurance that the force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to justice in the shortest possible time.”