By Osahon Osahon
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) where a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Miss Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, was reportedly gang-raped and murdered by unknown has been set ablaze by unidentified youths.
It was learnt that the mob mobilized to the Ikpoba Hill branch of the church where the incident occurred to burn down the building.
Sources confirmed the setting ablaze on Sunday.
However, the Management of University of Benin (UNIBEN), has confirmed the murder of the 22-year-old Uwa by yet-to-be identified persons.
The 100-Level student of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences in the institution, was said to have gone to the church to read when her assailants pounced on her and hit her with a fire extinguisher after raping her.
News of her attack was first published in the newsletter of the Students Union Government (SUG), of the University.
According to a source, the church security officer had gone to collect keys to the church from its keeper when he was told that there was someone already in the church.
“He got to the church only to find the girl in critical condition and in a pool of blood with the blood-stained fire extinguisher near her.
“He ran back to inform the keeper and his wife, who went to the church to meet her lifeless.
“After careful observation, it was noticed that she moved her hand and she was rushed to the hospital.
“It was at there that she revealed she was reading alone that night when the unknown men came into the church, beat her, raped her and hit her head with a fire extinguisher. They left her for dead,” the source explained.
The Public Relations Officer of the SUG, Destiny Uanzekin, explained that the victim who was beaten to a pulp and taken for dead, later died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where she was taken to for treatment.
The University in a statement on Sunday, said it shares in the pain of the family of the victim.
The statement endorsed by the Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, noted that loosing a child at this time compounds the hardship brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We believe that at this time when the pandemic has created so much concern to everyone, loosing a child compounds the present situation.
“This administration is concerned about all students’ welfare and will always be. We believe that at this time when the pandemic has created so much concern to everyone, loosing a child compounds the present situation.
“We share in the pain of the family. It is expected of the management to take some action. In this regard, a delegation is being sent to commiserate with her family,” Ehanire said.
At the time of filing this report, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comments.
A top police officer, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to do so, told our correspondent that the Command has commenced investigation into the incident.