#JusticeForUwa: Students Protest In Benin, Demand Death Sentence For Sex Offenders
Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday occupied major streets of Benin City, the Edo state capital in protest.
The students demanded justice for Uwaila Omozuwa, an undergraduate of the University of Benin who was recently raped and killed.
They also demanded that a death sentence be pronounced for sex offenders.
The President of the students’ union, Danielson Akpan, spoke with Channels Television during the protest demanding justice for their late colleague.
The lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency, Dennis Idahosa, who also joined the students in the solidarity march vowed that he would move a motion to support capital punishment at the floor of the house.
Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Johnson Kokumo had earlier on Wednesday promised that efforts would not be spared in ensuring that the culprits involved in the circumstances that led to Uwaila’s death are apprehended and made to face the law.
Kokumo made the promise when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
Uwa, a 22-year-old student of UNIBEN was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.
The hoodlums were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.
The news of her death has continued to spark outrage with trends on social demanding justice and an end to rape.
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