Practically a 12 months after the homicide of Uwa Omozuwa, a 22-year-old 100 degree scholar of the College of Benin who was raped and killed proper inside a church, there isn’t a justice in sight.
Uwa was killed by some males after she was raped inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) parish on Could 27, 2020, throughout her research hours.
The younger girl had reportedly made a behavior of utilizing the church corridor, through the lockdown, to review.
On the mentioned date, when the evening guard on the church resumed duties a bit of after 7 pm, he discovered the girl on the ground within the church half-naked and in a pool of blood.
In response to reviews, she was allegedly raped and hit with a hearth extinguisher which brought on many accidents that lastly led to her dying.
Her homicide had sparked outrage and requires justice on social media platforms for months.
The hashtags #JusticeForUwa and #WeAreTired trended on social media as Nigerians and even worldwide our bodies known as on the federal government to make sure justice is served.
Amnesty Worldwide additionally condemned the homicide whereas calling on the authorities to do higher.
“Rising instances of rape throughout Nigeria is a results of the failure of legislation enforcement to make sure that rapists face justice. We’re deeply involved that perpetrators of rape in Nigeria invariably escape punishment. #JusticeForUwa #RapeIsACrime,” the Human Rights group mentioned.
The Edo state authorities, nevertheless, promised to analyze the incident and fish out the perpetrators.
In August 2020, the Edo State Police Command paraded six individuals arrested in connection to Uwa’s rape and brutal homicide: Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Tina Samuel, Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien, and Collins Ulegbe.
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, instructed journalists that the suspects have already made confessional statements to the Police.
“What we’re seeing at the moment, is a results of the uniting efforts of the police to get on the root of the crime,” Kokumo mentioned.
Osabohien, a telephone repairer, was the primary to be arrested by the police as a result of he purchased Uwa’s telephone for N17,000, prompting him to guide authorities to Ulegbe who’s been recognized because the principal suspect.
Ulegbe confessed to hitting Uwa with the fireplace extinguisher that has been recognized because the homicide weapon and recovered from the scene of the crime.
He named Ogbebor and Valentine as different suspects who have been on the scene of the crime with him. They each denied their involvement.
Ade, recognized because the mastermind, allegedly supplied the sum of N1 million to the gang to kill Uwa for ritual functions.
She denied the allegation and mentioned she would show her innocence in courtroom.
Samuel was arrested for allegedly assaulting cops who wished to arrest her son, Fortunate, who has additionally been recognized as a suspect however stays at massive.
She mentioned she hadn’t seen her 21-year-old hairstylist son in 5 months.
Ulegbe denied that he was concerned in gang-raping Uwa, however Kokumo mentioned a autopsy examination confirmed that she was, in actual fact, raped.
Nevertheless, one 12 months after Uwa’s dying, there isn’t a justice but for the younger girl who was raped and murdered.
When SaharaReporters spoke with Uwa’s sister on Monday, the younger girl mentioned looking for justice for her sister has been a turmoil of courtroom instances and adjournments.
She mentioned, “There has actually been nothing. The primary time my household went to the courtroom, there was no a lot deliberation and the case was adjourned. Then on March 29 was one other courtroom day however the sitting was adjourned once more as a result of solely one of many suspects was current however I actually haven’t got an thought why the opposite one was not current. Nothing actually, it is nearly going to the courtroom and so they’re at all times adjourning.”
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