The rape and murder of 22-year-old Vera Uwaila Omozuwa in Benin city on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, once again underscores how difficult it is to be born and to grow up a woman in our country.

It is worth emphasizing that Omozuwa’s life was taken from her before she had even lived it.

She was a 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin with plenty of dreams in her heart and a spring in her steps.

With schools closed across the land as one in a raft of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Omozuwa used her local church parish as a makeshift library and study centre. It was here, in God’s house, that she was violated, lacerated and clubbed to death with a fire extinguisher.

The church guard would find Omozuwa lying in a pool of her own blood when he resumed his shift at about 7pm.

Uwa was killed by some men after she was raped in Benin
Uwa was killed by some men after she was raped in Benin