Ochanya’s death sparks movement against child abuse

Posted by Judd-Leonard Okafor | 3 November 2018 | 1,534 times

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As the burial of Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje, the 13-year-old girl serially raped for five years until her death went on in Benue, women’s and human rights groups gathered in Abuja to demand for a “quick remedy and enforcement of justice.” 

Andrew Ogbuja, 51, is a senior lecturer at the department of catering and hotel management at Benue State Polytechnic and has been remanded.

His son Victor is a final-year student of Federal University of Agriculture and is said to be on the run.

The five-year-long abuse is said to have started when Ochanya, then aged eight, moved in with her aunt Felicia Ogbuja.

Felicia is a younger sister to Ochanya’s mother, wife to Andrew and mother to Victor.

Ochanya’s death has sparked the #justice4ochanya movement, with different groups calling for both father and son involved in the serial rape to be charged with first-degree murder.

The El-Meola Heritage Support Foiundation has joined the movement pushing to prosecute both the older and younger Ogbuja, insisting full prosecution would “root out bad eggs.”

“Justice for this young girl Ochanya is justice for all,” said Jamila Eneika, founder of El-Meela, at a press briefing in Abuja.

“Her death is a loss to motherhood in Benue state and society at large. Justice for this young girl Ochanya is protection of other Ochanyas in the society.”

The first report of the abuse came in June when Enuwa Soo, an evangelist who ran an orphanage, reported to police and demanded the arrest of Andrew.

The serial anal and vaginal rape left Ochanya with vesicovaginal fistula, making her continuously dribble urine.

Ochanya, a student at Federal Government Girls College, Gboko, died despite the repair at Jos University Teaching Hospital.

Excerpted from Daily Trust report

Cross section of women protesting the death of sexually violated teenager, Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje at the court premises in Makurdi.

Source: News Express

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