Girl Child Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on Tuesday, urged the Police to intensify efforts to ensure that killers of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa were brought to justice.
Founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukky Shonibare made the call in a telephone interview with the Newsmen
Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was gruesomely raped and murdered in a church in Edo, where she had apparently gone to study ahead of the resumption of academic activities.
This elicited protests by various groups and individuals, demanding the arrest and prosecution of her murderer (s) who was/ were still at large.
While condemning the rape and murder of the 100 level female microbiology student of the UNIBEN, Shonibare emphasized the need for police to work assiduously to establish the facts surrounding Omozuwa’s death.
The human rights activist also stressed the need to implement laws that protected the lives and rights of citizens from abuse, particularly women.
According to her, the way we handle Omozuwa’s matter will serve as a deterrent to others and go a long way in stopping rape in the country.
“This brings to the fact that we have laws that protect the lives and rights of citizens from abuse.
“If those laws exist as letters and are not implemented, then every person who wants to indulge in sexual abuse will have his or her way.
“In February 2019, Edo government signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill which stipulates appropriate punishments for sexual abuse.
“Same was replicated in some states but unfortunately the laws are not being implemented.
“Since the passage of this law, we have not had instances where they are used to serve as a deterrent to those who may want to indulge in such ugly practice,’’ Shonibare said.
She, however, decried unwholesome practices in the judiciary, saying that they contributed to slowing down quick dispensation of justice in the country.
She said “even when you take such cases to the courts, the corruption is discouraging and will not allow victims to get justice.
“We will continue to have such cases of abuse if the laws are not implemented.
“Therefore, the way we follow Uwa’s case will go a long way in stopping sexual abuse in Nigeria,’’ Shonibare said.