Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), Edo State Chapter.

Press Statement on Death of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa, 100Level Undergraduate Student, University of Benin

We members of the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, NRHJN, Edo State receive with shock and disbelief the news of the alleged rape and murder of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa an Undergraduate student of the University of Benin which was reported to have occurred on Friday, May 29th at the premises of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Ikpoba Hill.

As concerned Reproductive Health Journalists, we consider the act of rape as a Gender Based Violence and Violation against the humanity and womanhood of Late Miss Omozuwa.

As Advocates of SGBV, we affirm that no woman, girl or anyone for that matter, should suffer Sexual Violence or have their dignity violated by another without facing the legal implication and consequences as stipulated by Laws and Acts of Nigeria.

Late Omozuwa until her untimely death was a promising young girl and an ideal role model in the Nigerian educational system who despite the Federal Government restriction order placed on schools and the tertiary education occasioned by the covid-19 pandemic, kept on studying in preparation for the ease of lockdown on Schools.

Late Miss Osazuwa had reportedly left home to the church hall to study where unknown assailant attacked, raped and killed her.

Edo State in 2019 domesticated the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015, thus has the appropriate machinery to prosecute the culprit of the dastardly act against Late Osazuwa.

The NRHJN therefore Seeks appropriate Justice for the deceased. We join our voice to those of other stakeholders and call on the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Police Command, Edo State Ministry of Justice and all relevant bodies to immediately fish out the killer of Osazuwa and bring them to book under the full implementation of the VAPP Act.
Members of the Edo State Branch of the Network commend the various public outcry for justice and support rendered to the Omozuwa’s family at their moment of grief.

We pray that God gives the family the fortitude to bear this huge loss and pray that the soul of Uwa Omozuwa find rest in her maker.

ORGANISATIONAL BRIEF:
The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), is a cluster of Health Reporters, Editors and Producers with passion for reporting and working on issues related to Sexual, Reproductive Health & Rights.

Set up in April 2010 through partnership with Ipas Nigeria, principally to be the bridge between the Nigerian Society and Reproductive Health partners/ stakeholders working in Nigeria.

Registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), as a Non-Governmental, Non-partisan, Not-for-profit group of Nigerian Journalists.

Membership is open to male and female Nigerian journalists with passion for SRHR issues.

Joy Olabisi Akpaida
Edo State Coordinator
Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria.

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