Nigerian celebrities have taken to social media platforms to react to the killings of Tina, a 16-year-old girl, and Vera Omozuwa, a 22-year-old student, who died after she was raped in a church in Edo.
On May 26, Tina was said to have been hit by a stray bullet when a police officer fired shots in a bid to apprehend a bus driver at Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos state.
At about the same time, Uwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), was attacked, raped and had her head bashed with a fire extinguisher in a church in Benin, Edo State. She later died from injuries sustained.
Both killings had since triggered outrage on social media platforms as Nigerians have demanded justice using the hashtags #JusticeForTina and #JusticeForUwa.
Celebrities in the country also lent their voices as they took to various platforms to take a stand against rape, murder and killings by security operatives.
Adekunle Gold, Nigerian musician, said the girls’ deaths were indicative of the dawn of “a senseless generation” enabled by the society and failure of governance.
“Police do something o. We need justice and on time .na person pikin. Dem shoot poor girl wey nothing concern. World people can tire me sef,” Sound Sultan wrote on Twitter.
“I saw a thread on Twitter, different ladies writing about their traumatic rape experiences. I can’t begin to imagine how these women feel. The pain they suffered and are suffering mentally every day. It is so heartbreaking. I believe every rapist deserves to die,” Don Jazzy wrote on Instagram.
“If you are a rapist out there and you see this, you should be ashamed of yourself and I want you to know that one day you will pay for your barbaric crimes. This goes to rape apologists too and those that know a rapist and is protecting them. SHAME ON YOU!”
Here is what some celebrities had to say: