The Federal Government has directed the police to unravel the
circumstances surrounding the gang-rape and murder of a female student
of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, in Benin and the
serial sexual abuse of a minor in Jigawa State by 14 men, with a view
to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that by bringing the
perpetrators of the heinous crimes to justice, the Federal Government
will be serving a strong notice of its total aversion to gender-based
violence in whatever form.
The Minister described the gang-rape and murder of Miss Omozuwa in Edo
State as a cruel and barbaric act that offends human sensibility, in
addition to being antithetical to decency, saying no society will
tolerate such depravity.
He also said the serial sexual abuse of a minor by 14 men in Jigawa
State is not only repulsive but highly condemnable.
”It is said that the true measure of a society can be found in how it
treats its most vulnerable members,” Mohammed noted, assuring
that the Federal Government will do everything possible to stem the
growing tide of gender-based violence in the country.