The Otukpo Local Government Council has named a street after late Miss Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje, the 13-year old girl that died of Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) and other ailments, as a result of sexual harassment and serial sodomy.
Meanwhile, a Makurdi Chief Magistrate court has remanded Mr Andrew Ogbuja, the lecturer accused of repeatedly raping Ochanya, in prison till November 29. Read Here
Chief Magistrate Isaac Ajim gave the remand order, on Thursday, when he declined to entertain the matter for lack of jurisdiction to hear the charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide preferred against the accused by the Nigerian Police.
Ochanya died on October 17 due to Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) complications as a result of her ordeal, sparking outrage and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.
The girl, who is said to be a cousin of the lecturer’s wife, was allegedly raped by the lecturer and his son for the three years she lived with them. She was a Junior Secondary School 1 student of the Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue State, at the time of her death.
A Press Statement issued by the Federal Government Girl’s Gboko Old Girl’s Association said that late 13-year-old Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje was also raped anally by her aunt’s husband and son, Andrew Ugbokolo Ogbuja and Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja.
“The autopsy report revealed that the young lady died from severe health complications, including the dreaded Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF); which arose from a six-year series of vaginal and sodomic abuse from members of her extended family.
In other words, from age 8 till her final collapse at age 13, Ochanya had been serially abused in both nether regions by her aunt’s husband and son” Read the full statement below.
-THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
-THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
-THE SENATE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA
-THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NIGERIA
-THE GOVERNOR OF BENUE STATE
-THE MINISTER, THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
-THE MINISTER, THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS
-THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF THE NIGERIA POLICE
-THE CONTROLLER-GENERAL OF THE NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS
-THE WOMAN LEADER OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS
-NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
-NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC IN PERSONS
-PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION
-SAVE THE CHILDREN, NIGERIA
-ALL RELEVANT AGENCIES
-ALL RELEVANT CIVIL SOCIETIES
-THE COMMISSIONER, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, BENUE STATE
-THE COMMISSIONER, MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS, BENUE STATE
-THE VICE CHANCELLOR, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE BENUE STATE
-THE RECTOR, BENUE STATE POLYTECHNIC UGBOKOLO
-THE PRINCIPAL, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIRLS’ COLLEGE GBOKO
-UNITY SCHOOLS OLD STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
-ALL WOMEN ORGANISATIONS
-ALL INTERNATIONAL BODIES FOR THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN
-LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS MEDIA
-THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA
We bring to your attention the incident of the death of 13-year old *Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje*; a JS2 student of Federal Government Girls’ College Gboko in Benue State.
She died less than 48 hours ago, at Benue State University Teaching Hospital in Makurdi. The autopsy report revealed that the young lady died from severe health complications, including the dreaded Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF); which arose from a six-year series of vaginal and sodomic abuse from members of her extended family.
In other words, from age 8 till her final collapse at age 13, Ochanya had been serially abused in both nether regions by her aunt’s husband and son; namely Messrs Andrew Ogbuja and Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja, respectively.
Mr Andrew Ogbuja is a member of staff at Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo, whilst his son Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja is a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi.
This is an outrage to FGGC Gboko, all female children, all women, Benue State, Nigeria and indeed the World. The advent of social media has brought to the fore the raging menace of child abuse and rape within our homes, communities, and nations. It is time that social media is also used to stop this menace.
As a body, we demand that the perpetrators, indeed murderers, be called to justice and severely punished. Messrs Andrew Ogbuja and Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja should be arrested for homicide and charged with first-degree murder. They should be made to feel the full wrath of Lady Justice. They should bear the brunt of the Law in quantum measures.
It was not enough for them to hurt young Ochanya from age 8; they had to repeat the barbaric sessions within a 6-year period. We can only describe such tendencies as animalistic, with special apologies to animals. As such, they deserve jungle justice. No mercy.
This is our demand. No mercy. No plea bargains. Swift justice.
We have not forgotten the supposed aunt and actual guardian of Ochanya, Mrs Felicia Ochiga-Ogbuja. We are ashamed that a woman was within the perimeter of this series and yet remained silent or unmoved. We also demand that Lady Justice lets her wrath loose in that quarter.
Apart from this press release, FGGC GBOKO OLD GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION will be heavily involved in a protest march being planned by various bodies, in honour of our deceased sister, Ochanya; within the next 48hours. All members and the general public are called upon to look out for updates and come out en masse.
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