Pastor Adeboye speaks on killing of UNIBEN undergraduate in RCCG Hall

On Sunday, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, responded to the alleged rape and subsequent death of Vera Omozuwa, an undergraduate of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

The crime has reportedly occurred in the hall of one of the RCCG parishes on Ikpoba Hill, city of Benin.

Mr Adeboye commiserated with the family in a statement posted on his official Facebook page late Sunday, and also said the RCCG management would completely cooperate with the police to uncover the crime and apprehend the perpetrators.

The police in Edo State said “they are searching for people who might have witnessed the assault that led to the death of a female student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State.”

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Preliminary reports suggest the victim, a 100-level student, was attacked inside a hall in the aforementioned parish, where she went to study.

The 23-year-old died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital on 31 May, 18 days later.

“As at the day of the incident, she was in a coma, so the police could not obtain a statement from her on what happened,” the police spokesperson in Edo, Chidi Nwabuzor, said on Sunday evening.

“It’s unfortunate that no person is coming out as an eyewitness (witness) to give (an) account of what happened,” he added.

The university had earlier expressed shock at the development.

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RCCG reacts

“All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book,” Mr Adeboye, a former lecturer, said. “I and members of my family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation… #justiceforuwa.”

The hashtag, #justiceforuwa is currently trending on social media networks with hundreds of Nigerians calling for an efficient investigation and arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

Sexual assault, rape and murder are prominent crimes security operatives in Nigeria continue to battle weekly in many states across the country.

Getting justice for rape victims, in particular, is usually a heculian task due to the less than efficient judicial process.

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