The Edo State governor and other security agencies in the nation and the state have been urged to endeavour to fish out the killers of the undergraduate of UNIBEN, Uwavera Osazuwa.
The call was made by a civil society organisation, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), via a statement released on Tuesday, in Benin, the state capital.
The network said it was perturbed by the development and urged the state government and other relevant authorities not to leave any stone unturned in bring the perpetrators to book.
“No woman, girl or anyone for that matter should suffer sexual violence or have their dignity violated by another without facing the legal implications and consequences as stipulated by Laws and Acts of Nigeria,” the statement said.
Citing the state as one of those to have domesticated the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) 2015 Act, the group said it believes that bringing the culprits to book under the full implementation of the VAPP Act will go a long way in serving as a deterrent.
“We join our voice to those of other stakeholders and call on the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Police Command, Edo State Ministry of Justice and all relevant bodies to immediately fish out the killers of Osazuwa and bring them to book under the full implementation of the VAPP Act,” the statement read, stating that it considers the act of rape as gender-based violence (GBV) and violation against the humanity and womanhood of the late Miss Omozuwa.”
Omozuwa, an undergraduate student of the University of Benin, was reported to have been raped and bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher on Friday, May 29, 2020 when she went to study at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ikpoba Hill, Benin.