Tears as teenage rape victim, Ochanya is buried in Benue

There was uncontrollable tears on Friday in Benue State as Ochanya Obaje, a 13-year-old girl, who died on October 17 after being raped allegedly by a lecturer of Benue State Polytechnic, Andrew Ogbuja, and his son, Victor, was buried.

She was buried in her hometown, Ogene Amejo, Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State.

A family member of the deceased who only identified himself as Innocent, in a telephone interview on Saturday, said the family calls for fair prosecution of the suspects.

It was sad to see the little girl laid to rest. We call for the sanction of the lecturers by the school where he works. Sexual molestation was what the victim experienced. It is a sad thing for us.”

Recall that the victim, a Junior Secondary School 1 student at the Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue State, died from complications of five years of anal and vaginal rape which led to Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications.

This occurred when she was living with the family.

While Ogbuja was arrested by the police, arraigned before a Makurdi Upper Area Court in August 2018 and remanded in prison, his son fled.

The death has led to protests by several civil society organisations in Abuja, Makurdi and other parts of Nigeria.

Ogbuja has been remanded in prison till the next date of hearing of the matter in court on November 29.


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