Mixed reactions from Nigerians trailed the death of Miss. Vera Uwaila Omozuwa who was murdered in one of the branches of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Benin, Edo State Nigeria – some are for the General Overseer of the ministry, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, others are against him.
Pastor Adeboye has reacted saying all that should be done for the family now is to pray for them.
All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the… pic.twitter.com/yTKGRXK3DT
— Pastor Adeboye (@PastorEAAdeboye) May 31, 2020
A Twitter user: @koleosoibukun asked the General Overseer cannot use the prophetic anointing of God to fish out the perpetrators.
He wrote: « Televangelists call out people’s names, addresses and phone numbers on TV. But they never use this « power » when it really matters. Baba has « prophetic anointing », why not use this to fish out the criminals? This is a chance to prove the potency of Yahweh. »
@flosek4u assured that the perpetrators would be apprehended soon because they desecrated the house of God and also committed murder.
Some Nigerians see the advice on prayer as ineffective diplomatic rhetoric that won’t bring justice or help the family in any way.
Also, Nigerian Police Force (NPF) force spokesperson, Frank Mba, the vowed to ensure the perpetrators of the dastard act are brought to book.
— BDM | Blogger (@Blackdotmandy) June 1, 2020
He said: ”As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, Edo State on 28th and 30th May, 2020 respectively, the Inspector General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident”.
— RCCG (@rccghq) May 31, 2020
One commentator said:”We must stop over-spiritually things. This matter needs more than prayer. The family must be financially compensate and justice must be served accordingly”.
A Twitter account that creates content for women, @fabWomanOnline tweeted, “She thought she was in the safest place on Earth (a church) and yet not only was she raped, she was also killed in the most brutalizing way ever. The culprits must face the law #JusticeForUwa.
RCCG spokesman Olaitan Olubiyi disclosed that Omozuwa was a member of the choir who had been studying privately at the church since lockdown measures due to the coronavirus pandemic were put in place in Nigeria in March.
“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. But that day she didn’t return it and the night guard who resumed duty found her in a pool of her own blood and half-naked in the church hall”.
A commentator on Facebook said: “Nigerians are funny and pathetic people. Why blame Pastor Adeboye over Vera’s death. The church allowed her to study in there because church environment is quiet. If they didn’t allow her to study, people will say church s wicked”.
The mother said: “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.
Omozuwa’s father, Joseph, who said doctors told him she was raped.