“What Disgusts You?”-A Young Woman’s Life Lost To Senseless Violence In Nigeria!

Photo Credit: Premium Times, Victim Vera Uwaila Omozuwa

“What Disgusts You?”– Originally shared by Valentina Kalu on Quora

*WARNING*- Photos May Contain Graphic Content!!

Hello Everyone!

I crossed paths with the author of a deeply disturbing topic out of Lagos, Nigeria. Despite it’s graphic nature, it has a powerful message. I stumbled upon this article recently that was written and shared on Quora by Valentina Kalu. Ms. Kalu received her information from an undisclosed news outlet. I also followed up on the story via checking out more recent articles, such as in Premium Times. I am unsure as to how Ms. Kalu is connected with the victim. My objective is to expose the disgusting males involved. I won’t even call them men since it is not deserved! I cannot believe that this horrendous act on this young woman took place in a church!!! Of all places?!? A church!?!? These criminals blew out the candle way too early on a young, beautiful 23-year old woman. Her name was Vera Uwaila Omozuwa and she was reading in her local church. While Vera was studying, she was approached by multiple males, raped repeatedly, and left for dead. In honor of Vera’s life that was taken way too soon, I am sharing what the “savages” did to her. There is nothing on this Earth that she could have possibly done to deserve this form of mistreatment! It is an absolute abomination, of the most epic proportions, to place any form of blame on Vera.

Photo Credit: Valentina Kalu, Quora & Victim: Vera Uwaila Omozuwa Before The Incident, Vera In The Hospital Post Incident
Photo Credit: Valentina Kalu, Quora & Victim: Vera Uwaila Omozuwa’s Murder Scene In The Church

It has been reported that Vera was the model student, daughter, sibling, granddaughter, or friend any person can ask for in this world. Vera was kind, beautiful, and had ambitious aspirations of becoming a nurse. According to a CNN article, Vera was studying microbiology at the University of Benin. Additionally, Vera was taking theology courses at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Edo State. Vera also had aspirations of becoming a minister. She would go to the church during the weekday to avoid distractions from her siblings while she was studying. It was ironic that she was killed in a location where she sought peace. After all, she had a care giver personality that was known within her community. It is reported that Vera was gang raped, by multiple males, against her will. Vera was raped and beaten viscously and repeatedly struck by a fire extinguisher during the attack and left for dead. The atrocious assault happened on May 13, 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria in her church. Vera was discovered and brought to the hospital to save her life. Despite efforts to save her, she lost her life eighteen days after the attack on May 31, 2020. Her poor body was exhausted from the vicious assault, the excruciating pain, the massive blood loss, and the major bruising and damage done to her body by the assailants. One could only imagine the horrendous thoughts and fear she had in her heart before she lost consciousness.

Vera has both local and now international groups of people rallying for justice on Vera’s behalf. Despite the large span of attention, those males guilty of Vera’s death claim that she is the one to blame. Can you believe that nonsense?!? They should just keep their mouths shut since it is NOT a good look. Vera was a quiet soul and occupied her free time with reading. She would read at the local church. According to these fools who killed her, she should have stayed home because of the Covid-19 lockdown. To make matters even worse, they claim that she should not have struggled during the rape. There was even a claim that she enjoyed the gang rape!! What!?!?!?!? I thought I have heard the worst garbage on the planet come from the lips of American men. American men are now angels compared to these ignorant fools!!!!! These ignorant males are the reason why their own population of women do not feel safe. If your own women do not feel safe within their society, what are you doing to fix it males?!? They are the absolute bottom feeders of their society and of the entire world. There is a saying in construction, “the best part of these idiots dripped down their daddy’s leg!” These fools cannot be saved from their own ignorance and need the death penalty. What an absolute waste of life, space, and breathe!! These males need to go back to hell where they came from!

Photo Credits: Valentina Kalu, Quora Revealing Various Murder Suspects

According to one assailant male, by the name of Richard Chigbo, since schools are currently closed, Vera should not have been reading. I gathered that Richard does nothing extra to improve himself when the school system is closed. Not everyone wants to do the bare minimum like you Dick!!

Photo Credit: Valentina Kalu, Quora: Various Murder Suspects Making Bold Statements On Social Media
Photo Credit: Valentina Kalu, Quora: Various Murder Suspects Making Bold Statements On Social Media

Just when any American woman feels oppressed, take a look at other nations such as Nigeria. I would like to think that not all Nigerians males speak like Richard. According to another one of the assailants, named Wisdom Chigozie, Vera shouldn’t have resisted and she should have begged them to go one at a time and just let them rape her. This has to be the craziest garbage, uttered by males, that I have ever heard!! Yes, I understand that there will be cultural differences. However, this is just callous and disgusting behavior!! I am pleased to share that at least one of the rapists has been arrested. This arrest came after the discovery of the murder weapon and finger prints that were pulled off the fire extinguisher. The Nigerian police have reported a commitment to step up their efforts into pursuing suspects of gender based violent crimes. Vera lives in a country where about 25% of women in the population, all under 18-years old, endure violence. University of Benin students were protesting and using the hashtags #JusticeForUwa and #SayNoToRapists in honor of Vera. I am now putting these two hashtags in my group at the bottom of each post.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari called Omozuwa’s killing a “barbaric act” and offered his “deepest condolences” to Vera’s family. Meanwhile, Amnesty International representative Osai Ojigo, speaks on the rape culture in Nigeria. “No matter where you are in Nigeria, in the north or south, in the city or rural, Christian or Muslim, every woman and girl is at risk of rape. Nowhere is safe or immune to this violent crime against women,” Ojigho said. I see that the Nigerian government is being pressured to treat this rape/murder and many other rape cases as a “national crisis” on rape. Additionally, this case received international interest so they were forced to get involved and send out Benin homicide experts to find the suspects. I personally like that they were forced to take this case seriously and dedicate some resources to solving Vera’s murder. I read another news article, from Premium Times on August 26, 2020, that gave a list of six suspects that are now in custody. It took about three months to round them up after police resources were pooled together. The suspects are the following: Nelson Ogbebor, Akato Valentine, Tina Samuel, Mary Ade, Nosa Osabohien and Collins Ulegbe. It is also reported that the suspects have made ‘confessional statements’. As of now, I have not found any further updates. This may be a case that I will look up periodically to see how it evolves within the Nigerian judicial system. However, with confessional statements being made, perhaps the only thing left is to see what will be their due punishments for the heinous crime. Sadly, it appears that this is not an isolated case in Nigeria. There are quite a few girls and women who regularly die at the hands of their male counterparts.

Do you know of any updates on this case since August 2020? I am stunned by the ridiculous claims of the males involved in this heinous crime. Blaming the victim for not resisting or claiming that she “enjoyed it” is just disgusting! They all bring such shame to their families! It is a shame that violence against women is so rampant in societies such as Nigeria. While domestic violence is not eliminated, the judicial system often works rigorously to take violent offenders off the street here in the U.S. We all can make a difference in our sectors within our societies with each step we take. I am super duper against any form of domestic violence. I have raised my two sons to walk away during conflict and to never put their hands on a woman. My sons will not stand by idle while a woman gets assaulted in their presence either. I am proud to know of some other good men in my family and social circle who are against any form of violence against women. I have always also believed that men should be free from any forms of violence as well. People should not tolerate any form of violence under their roof. It is when we all expect better, then a better society will evolve over time. I wish for the lovely Vera Uwaila Omozuwa to rest in peace. May her family heal in time and know that Vera is now an angel watching over them. If you wish to, share your thoughts on this murder case. I wish you all a wonderful Saturday and the rest of the weekend!

Cheers!

Leslie M. Jasper

-Author & Host of the #VerballyDisastrous podcast now alive on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube. Other platforms include: Acast, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Player FM, Pod Bean, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Podchaser, Stitcher, Tune In.

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