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 06/03/2020 Nigeria (CNN) – Uwaila Vera Omozuwa died on May 30th, few days after the brutal assault inside the church of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, or RCCG, in Benin city. The 22-year-old was attacked as she studied in church according to Nigerian police. A Nigeria police spokesman described Omozuwa’s death as a “brutal attack” in a statement and said the force would “bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time.”

Also, the spokesman of the church (RCCG) Olaitan Olubiyi said Omozuwa was a member of the choir who had studied privately at the church since lockdown measures due to the coronavirus pandemic were put in place in Nigeria in March. He stated the following, “We are all devastated by her death. She decided to do some private studies during the lockdown because the church was peaceful. She’s been taking the key from the parish pastor and returning it after her studies.”

The student was taken to hospital where doctors battled to save her, but Omozuwa died three days later, the church said. Omozuwa’s mother described how she was told of her daughter’s death by a neighbor. She said the following, “I ran [to the church] but before I got there, they took her to a private hospital and when I saw my daughter, I cried. They raped her; the dress she was wearing that morning was white. The white had turned to red; all her body was full of blood.” CNN also spoke to Omozuwa’s father who said doctors told him she was raped. She mentioned the following, “My daughter was very kind and very intelligent and disciplined. We had just celebrated her admission to university.”

The General Overseer Enoch Adeboye of RCCG one of the most revered religious leaders in the country issued a statement that the church would pray for Omozuwa’s family. He said, “I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation.”

Though it is still unclear why the attack took place, it is a tragic incident and the family is certainly in need of prayer. Please pray for their faith and hope to remain in God and for them to receive some comfort that their daughter is with the Lord.

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