Another student killed in suspected rape case


An 18-year-old student identified as Bello Barakat, was reportedly gang raped and murdered by unknown men in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

The incident was said to have occurred on Tuesday in Akinyele area of Ibadan, Oyo state.

Eye witness accounts say her dad found her dead body around their home, after her body was examined, they discovered that she was raped, then she got murdered.

Bello Barakat, aged 18, was a year one student of Federal College of Animal Health and Production in Ibadan.

It was gathered that she has been buried according to Islamic rites.

Her death has continued to attract outrage nationwide as Nigerians have taken to social media to express their displeasure over the rising cases of Rape in Nigeria with the hashtag #JusticeforBarakat.

Recall that Ms Omozuwa, a 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, was assaulted inside a hall in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ikpoba Hill, Benin City on 31st May, where she went to study.

NANS seeks justice

Meanwhile, the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Southwest, zone D has demanded justice for the deceased who was assaulted and murdered.

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This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Deputy Coordinator of NANS Zone D, Comrade Oladimeji Uthman and made available to on Wednesday.

According to the press release, “While justice is still being sort for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a female Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo, who found lying in a pool of blood at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG after been allegedly raped and murdered by unidentified gang of rapist. We have recieved with great shock, disdain and agony, yet a new case of gruesome rape and murder of another student in South West, Oyo State to be precise, Miss Bello Barakat.

“Barakat, a student of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moore Plantation, Apata, Ibadan, was alleged to have been raped and killed by another set of unknown person(s). It was said that the unwholesome and inhumane criminal act was carried out at the girls home where she lives with her parents.

“The leadership and entire members of NANS South West Zone and other Zones in the country loudly condemn the evil visited on these innocent girls like we have every other violent act. We promise never to stop campaigning and pressuring until justice is found for our deceased member.

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“It is the most unfortunate and horror scene to imagine how innocent and promising young ladies were devoured by fellow human.

“Rape has always ranked one of the most traumatizing vice that is hunting down the life and future of any youth especially the female gender around the world.

“We believe the government through its various law enforcement agencies is already making effort to investigate and serve justice as due. We however want to reaffirm our resolve as the leadership of all students in South West in which the victim is an active member to never stop pressurizing until the perpetrators of this heinous crimes are brought to book and the deserving punishment is melted.

“We are aware that in other climes, this criminal act attract a capital punishment, we are asking that such be immediately implemented as part of the Violence Against Persons act (VAP) of the federal constitution.

“The cuts of this evil against our members is deeper than what words can express. What a wicked world it is??

“We also use this opportunity to admonish parents, caregivers, guardians, management of schools, religious organizations, security outfits, institutions and the government at all levels to create a safer environment for our girls across all ages.

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“The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students South West Zone ably led by Comrade Kappo Olawale Samuel sympathize with the family of Miss Bello Barakat who is just a fresher, an (ND1) student of the institution.
No amount of fight can bring back what has been taken. We pray that the Almighty God of aluta comfort you all.”

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