Civil Society Groups, human rights activists and concerned persons are mobilizing across the country today to demand for justice in support a 13-year-old girl, Ochanya Ogbaje, who died last week after alleged repeated molestation by her guardian and his son.
Already, the Alumni association of Federal Government Girls College, Gboko, which Ochanya attended had released an official statement condemning the act and demanding for justice.
Today, however, protests are being staged in Abuja for the little girl. Many public figure, including Dr Obi Ezekwesili have learnt their voice to the call for justice as #JusticeForOchanya trends on Twitter
See photos, videos and tweets below:
We are out here in front of the Ministry of Justice for Ochanya who was repeatedly raped by Andrew Ogbuja and his son Victor Ogbuja.
WE ARE DEMANDING THAT BOTH RAPISTS BE PROSECUTED AND SENTENCED ACCORDINGLY pic.twitter.com/X7BPIZMz1H
— Deji Adeyanju (Ndi Kato) (@YarKafanchan) October 25, 2018
Indeed #JusticeforOchanya everyone. We do need to work collectively to eliminate this scourge of Rape and other types of Violence Against Women. It deserves urgent measures.
May Ochanya’s family receive Justicefor her through our collective efforts and also the comfort of God. https://t.co/qlSYtoqTyT
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) October 25, 2018
#JusticeForOchanya It is so unfortunate that this man was released from police custody through bail and has not been rearrested upon the demise of our dear daughter. No girl Child should suffer the same faith as Ochanyan. We Demand Justice!!! pic.twitter.com/VQmNbsHmPv
— Regy&Henryfoundation (@regyhenry) October 25, 2018
Recall that Today’s Echo had earlier reported that Nigerians, particularly human rights activists, have demanded for justice over the death of 13-year-old Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje.
Ochanya had battled Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi after being allegedly severely abused by one Andrew Ogbuja, Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Benue State, and his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja, a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
The duo consistently molested little Ochanya, a student of Federal Government Girls’ College, Gboko since she was 9 to age 13.
An Upper Area Court One in Makurdi, Benue, presided over by Justice S. D. Kwen had in August remanded Mr. Ogbuja in prison custody for criminal conspiracy and rape of the teenager.
The prosecution had told the court that on August 8, 2018, at about 12:00 noon, the body of women lawyers (FIDA) in Benue State had in company of one Mrs Rose Abah of Ogene Amadu Edumoga reported the matter to the police.
The First Information Report (FIR), indicated that the complainant, Mrs Abah told the police that sometimes in February 2018, when her daughter, Elizabeth, was sick and admitted at FMC Makurdi, she told her that, when she was staying with her cousin sister, Felicia Ogbuja, between 2013 and 2015, the son of the same cousin sister by name Victor Ogbuja, had canal knowledge of her.
The court further heard that the husband to the cousin sister, Andrew Ogbuja, also had canal knowledge of the teenager and that during police investigation, the said accused, Andrew was arrested for committing the offence while his son, Victor, is at large.
But, the accused, pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy and grant him bail to enable him go back home and resolve the matter amicably considering his status.
Justice S. D. Kwen, however, rejected the plea and consequently sent the lecturer to Makurdi Federal Prison pending the determination of the matter.
Sadly, molested and sodomized Ochanya, during the weekend, lost the battle and took her last breath.
This is also as the suspect was allegedly granted bail without the family’s knowledge and is said to be on the run.