Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, the 22-year-old student of University of Benin who was raped and murdered in Redeemed Christian Church of God in Benin, Edo state, has been laid to rest today, November 13.
Vera was in 100 level microbiology when she was gruesomely murdered. Her death sparked Nationwide outrage, intensifying the calls for stiffer punishment for rapists and an end gender-based violence.
She had gone to Church to read during the Covid-19 lockdown when she was attacked. She died days later in a hospital.
Below are photos and video from her funeral
Six suspects were arrested in August in connection to her death. One of the suspects said he was paid 1 Million Naira by his landlady to carry out the attack.
The suspect, Collins Uligbe, who hails from Agbor in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, made the confession while being paraded alongside other suspects by the Edo State Police Command.
He said after the act, he used a handkerchief given to him by Mrs Mary Ade to wipe Uwa’s blood and private part and returned it to his landlady. According to him, the she wanted to use it for rituals.
He gave the names of the other suspected killers as Nelson Ogbebor, Tina Samuel, another lady, Valentine Akato and Nosa Osabohien.
Narrating the incident, Collins said although they were six that carried out the crime, he was outside giving them signals before he joined them inside the church.
Collins said Nelson hit the victim with a plank and when she tried to stand up he hit her with the fire extinguisher in the church.
The suspects were traced through a man who bought the victim’s phone for N17,000.
However, Mary Ade, denied being involved in the crime. She said she neither gave him the money nor asked him to wipe the lady’s private part as was alleged.