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My life is in danger – father of Omozuwa, raped, murdered UNIBEN female student

By Editor on 7th Jun 2020

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The life of Elder Johnson Omozuwa, father of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, the 100-level microbiology student of University of Benin (UNIBEN), raped and murdered unknown assailants, a fortnight ago, may be in danger, going by recent revelations.

Information coming from Benin, where the incident, which has sparked off protests across the country, say the grieving man, received specific threats to his own life on Friday morning, June 5 from an anonymous caller.

The nature of the threat was not revealed, as it is said to be part of what the police, who have already been informed would work with, but Pa Omozuwa, was said to have disclosed the development to delegation of the National Union of Benin Students (NUBS) led by its President, Iguma Itohan, who visited him.

Itohan said in a statement he personally signed: “Elder Omozuwa narrated how he was threatened earlier on Friday morning via phone call before the NUBS arrival by an anonymous caller. Details on this are confidential and will remain so to help the police complete investigations,” the union said in the statement signed by Itohan himself.

“Sequel to the news of the demise of a UNIBEN student and innate member of National Union of Benin Students (NUBS), late Omozuwa Uwaila Vera who passed on 30th May 2020, the leadership of NUBS, led by Enogie Iguma Itohan and her concerned members yesterday Friday 5th June 2020, had a peaceful march around king square axis in Benin City, and paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

“The Union leaders and members assembled at Urokpota Hall at King’s square where we prayed for the family of late Miss Omozuwa Uwaila Vera and asked God and our ancestors to grant her weary soul eternal rest as well as grant us safety during the peaceful demonstration and visit to her family.

“At the end of the peaceful demonstration, the union made her way to the house of Elder Omozuwa Johnson, the father of the deceased. NUBS was received greatly even though the atmosphere revealed that vacuum was created by the death of late Miss Uwa.

“Elder Omozuwa Johnson who spoke on behalf of the family thanked the members of the Union for affiliating with his family in their time of trial and grief.  He recounted the indispensability of various student movements in creating heightened awareness and drawing the attention of relevant authorities to the situation via media and protests. He further narrated the tragic occurrence that led to her demise.

“Elder Omozuwa in appreciation thanked the management and students of the University of Benin for their show of love and care. He also thanked the management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital particularly for their pivotal role in her treatment for about three days before she gave up the ghost. He said if anything humanly possible could be done to bring her back, he knows the hospital would have done it.

“He appreciated the Governor of Edo State and his wife as well as the new  commissioner of police for all of their contribution so far and pleaded that ‘we do not pray that such acts repeat itself but if it does to other people, the same hand of encouragement that reached out to his family  should be extended to others.”





Posted on June, 7 2020

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