- Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the killing of a UNIBEN student, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, by some unknown criminals
- The former vice president expressed his sadness over the sad and unfortunate incident that led to the death of the 22-year-old student
- Atiku who joined the train of Nigerians seeking justice noted that the laws on rape need to be reviewed
The news of the death of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has continued to generate reactions as more prominent Nigerians are speaking out against the unfortunate incident.
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has joined many Nigerians to condemn the rape and murder of the 22-year-old lady.
The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate took to social media in reaction to the death of Uwa who was raped inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and died a few days later.
Atiku in a statement that was shared on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, June 3, completely condemned the sad incident.
While sympathizing with the family of the deceased who was a 100-level microbiology student, Atiku expressed his deepest condolences over her rape and murder.
The former vice president went on to note that the laws on rape need to be reviewed in order to ensure that adequate punishment is delivered for such crimes.
"I just spoke to the family of the late Uwa Omozuwa. I expressed my deepest condolences over her rape and murder. I feel their anguish. Sadly, rape is now a pandemic in our country.
It is time we reviewed the laws on rape to ensure that there are no escape routes in the investigation, prosecution, conviction and adequate punishment for this heinous crime," he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that in the spirit of responsive leadership, President Muhammadu Buhari has pitched his tents with a legion of Nigerians seeking justice for Vera.
The president expressed his sadness over the callous murder of the UNIBEN student as contained in a tweet on his official and verified Twiter account on Tuesday night, June 2.
Buhari extended condolences to the family and relatives of the victim and promised that no stone will be left untouched in the course of seeking justice for the deceased 22-year-old microbiology student.
In a related development, following massive outrage that trailed the murder of Vera, police have disclosed that a suspect linked to the death of the late 100-level student has been apprehended.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), made the confirmation on Tuesday, June 2, via her Twitter page.
According to the NIDCOM chairman, Chidi Nwabuzor, spokesman of Edo police command, confirmed the arrest of the suspect after a fingerprint examination was carried on the extinguisher used to attack the deceased.
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