#JusticeForOchanya: 'We Demand Justice For Minor Raped To Death'
How a 13-year-old girl was raped by her uncle and his son for five years till she died, remains a sad thought.
Ochanya is dead, but she was able to tell how she was being molested by her guardians, before she finally breath her last.
It was really a sad story, and hundreds of sympathisers stormed the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Thursday to demand justice for Ochanya.
The 13-year-old was alleged to have been raped since she was 8, by her uncle Andrew Ogbuja and the uncle’s son, Victor Ogbuja.
The sympathizers, carrying various placards with various inscriptions, demanded that the perpetrators be handed swift punishment.
“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.” Oby Ezekwesili wrote.
“May Ochanya’s family receive Justice for her through our collective efforts and also the comfort of God.”
According to a report by a Twitter user (asked to remain anonymous), Ochanya’s mother died, and when her father could not take care of her, she was sent to her aunt’s family in 2013; when she was 8-years-old. It is from then that her main problems started.
Her guardian — Andrew Ogbuja — and his son — Victor Ogbuja — took turns to rape her from then until she turned 13.
She was raped both anally and vaginally; sexually and physically assaulted over and over again.
The two men (Father and Son) who would occasionally drug her before molesting her, issued death threats to her if she spoke about it to anyone.
In February 2018, she collapsed and this time, was bedridden for 2 months because she was terribly ill.
In June, a caregiver who runs an Orphanage in Otukpo got interested in her case and decided to take her to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.
Upon interrogation, Ochanya revealed how long the molestation had been taking place and how she was threatened against her life if anyone got to know of what was happening. She explained that she was forced with drugs.
She suffered several health complications and died of Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.
The situation was reported at the Police Headquarters in Makurdi and Andrew was arrested and charged to court.
Andrew was ordered to be remanded pending the next adjournment in September when the son too was to be arrested and charged.
On the next adjournment, Ochanya’s lawyers couldn’t make it to court and the case was further adjourned to November 4, 2018.
Andy Ogbuja is a lecturer and the Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Benue, while Victor is a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
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