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PASTOR ADEBOYE REACTS TO THE RAPE AND MURDER OF UNIBEN STUDENT AS CELEBRITIES SPEAK AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, has called for prayers asking God to bring to justice the perpetrators of the rape and murder of Uwaila Omozuwa, who was attacked in one of RCCG’s branches in Benin, Edo State.


Pastor Adeboye, in a statement on social media, strongly condemned the horrific act of the murderers as he promised to do everything possible in collaboration with the authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book. 

“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. 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”


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The victim, 22 years old Uwaila Omozuwa, who just got admitted into the University of Benin to study Microbiology, went to the church to read in anticipation for the reopening of schools that were shut to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.


Unfortunately, some men broke into the church, raped her and hit her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her in a pool of her blood. 


She died on Saturday in a hospital Benin.


Police told reporters that they were treating the incident as a murder case.


CELEBRITIES LEND THEIR VOICE AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA 


According to UNFPA, 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. 


Uwaila’s case has generated a lot of anger on social media has it brings to fore the rising case of sexual-based violence against women and Nigerian celebrities are using their platforms on social media to speak against gender-based violence. 


Nigerian actress Genevieve Nanji on Sunday posted the photos of a sixteen-year-old girl killed by a police officer and Uwa Omozuwa with the inscription: 


“They either abuse their power, or have the power to abuse. In or out of uniform, we live in constant fear of men. Tina Ezekwe. Vera Omozuwa. Rest In Peace my darlings. We will get justice.”

Nigerian singer and music label boss, Michael Collins Ajereh, also known as Donjazzy posted on Twitter: 


“If you are a rapist and you see this, you should be ashamed of yourself and know that one day you will pay for your barbaric crimes. Rape apologists too and those that know a rapist and is protecting them. SHAME ON YOU. #saynotorape #JusticeforUwa #JusticeforTina #WeAreTired”

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