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#JusticeForOchanya: Nigerians to Protest Rape & Death of 13-Year-Old

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Andrew Ogbuja

Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje was 13 years old when she passed last week Thursday following “severe health complications” including Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF).

The story is that Ochanya, a child, had been staying with her older cousin after her mother passed and her father realized he was unable to cater to her.

Ochanya had been raped, from the age of 8 up until her death at 13, by both her cousin’s husband, Andrew Ogbuja, Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, and his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja, a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, according to Daily Post.

While Victor is currently at large, Andrew has been arraigned before a Makurdi Upper Area Court and remanded in custody.

A statement written by the Old Girls’ Association of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Gboko, where Ochanya was a student, revealed that the rape was both vaginal and anal. The statement read:

From age eight till her final collapse at age 13, Ochanya had been serially abused in both nether regions by her aunt’s husband and son; namely Andrew Ogbuja and Victor Ogbuja, respectively.

Mr Andrew Ogbuja is a member of staff at Benue State Polytechnic,  Ugbokolo, while his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja,  is a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture,  Makurdi.

Andrew pleaded with the court to “temper justice with mercy,” grant him bail, and allow him to return home to “resolve the matter amicably considering his status.”

The judge, Justice S. D. Kwen, rejected the plea, demanding that he remain in prison.

Nigerians on Twitter are organizing a protest to see that both Andrew and Victor are made to face the law. The protest, tagged #JusticeForOchanya, is to take place on Thursday morning, 7 AM, at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.

It’s the most harrowing story and Ochanya deserves justice.

21 Comments

  1. Mrs chidukane

    October 24, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    He has the mouth to say temper justice with mercy. Did he show mercy to the poor girl left in his care? Where was his wife in all this? She never noticed anything?

  2. Oyin

    October 25, 2018 at 4:37 am

    The cousin should be jailed too. How can this happen under her nose and she didn’t notice??

  3. madam peace

    October 25, 2018 at 6:43 am

    I cannot comprehend this story…….GOD, My heart is palpating, my heart is bleeding inside. Oh my God…imagine the anguish this little girl passed through all these years. Non of the female adult in the house notice her pain?. Oh mother where are you….Aunties in the house where are you all. The little girl must have being so scared to tell her story ooh God.
    It is time for us to teach our children to upon up about anything. It is time for our mothers to constantly check on their children they send away for domestic help. Ask your child sensitive questions. Be it boy or girl, IT HELP.

  4. Cee

    October 25, 2018 at 6:45 am

    This world is full of evil people. His status did not make him think about to consequence of being a kiddy kiddy fiddler, may whatever God he serves strike him dead. Does the fool know he has committed manslaughter, resolve the matter amicably my backside.

  5. BlueEyed

    October 25, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Look at these demonic lots! I truly hope Justice is served. Women who bring in young girls into their homes, when you have a husband or boys around, how do you not check on the well being of these girls ? Is it because you are blinded by the fact that you might be living with animalistic creatures ?

  6. Fred

    October 25, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Wow! Like Father Like Son! I wish Sharia Law could be used for shameless people. The so-called Aunt should be arrested too

  7. CHIKA

    October 25, 2018 at 9:23 am

    #JusticeForOchanya

  8. SoniaPaloma

    October 25, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Cases like this, I will fully support the hang/shoot death penalty or jungle justice. I dont care, I dont care, these two deserve slow death

  9. didi

    October 25, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Everyday a girl or a boy is being sexually molested and abused please parents never leave your children to be catered for by anyone and through prayers and trust in GOD WATCH OVER YOUR CHILDREN . I repeat prayerfully WATCH OVER YOUR CHILD becos you cannot be there 24/7. But do not hand over them to anyone to watch over them becos they cannot do it wholeheartedly.

  10. Asa

    October 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Oh no! Hanging is too good for him and his son

  11. Purple

    October 25, 2018 at 10:27 am

    My heart bleeds for that poor girl. When we talk about the need to protect women and children a lot of people and unfortunately even women think we are blowing things out of proportion. Until this country, government and people put their feet down and start giving capital punishment for such crimes they will never end. Imagine the reason this sorry excuse for a human is giving to get bail “so they can resolve ….amicably because of his status” I am appalled and disgusted by this story. My heart weeps and bleeds for this poor little girl. Sleep well my darling, nobody will touch you again ♥️

  12. omomo

    October 25, 2018 at 11:55 am

    im typing with a broken heart ….why ?? why?….. they both need to pay heavy price for this

  13. o

    October 25, 2018 at 11:56 am

    ??????

  14. Social Media

    October 25, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I have cried this morning reading this story. This torture that this 13yr old child was going through eventually snuffed life out of her. She must have fought for so long,
    tortured and torn by father , then by Son. Under the same roof, that house must have been hell on earth for her.

    According to statistics every 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys is a victim of some form of sexual abuse.
    Ochanya’s aunty and others that take children from poorer families in villages promising thier parents all sorts knowing fully well that they are taking the child for thier own personal selfish interest to use them as slaves . this kind of aunties should be jailed( Modern Slavery).

    Because if the so called aunty had taken Ochanya as her own , She will noticed that she was at serious risk and something was terribly wrong. Aunty is an accomplice to crime and must be jailed. She must have known all along!

    Nigerian Govt , please toughen and make laws to protect children from this dis-heartning crimes .
    I am in tears …..

  15. zzzzzzzzzzz

    October 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    It’s really unfortunate but there are many Ochanyas out there that we do not hear anything about. Girls and boys get molested every day by the very people who are supposed to protect and watch over them. I believe more stringent laws should be made for child abuse and molestation. Good that the man has been caught. But really what were the father and son duo thinking.

  16. Blac Nubia

    October 25, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Reading this really hurts my heart. I can not understand why this man will do such. This man is a beast.

  17. Cocoa

    October 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    They should consider your status??? You should be allowed to return home to resolve it amicably? ???

    BAFFLED. HEARTBROKEN. I JUST WEEP for this godless generation.

  18. Unicorn

    October 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Rest well beautiful soul. Even if the earthly judge permits them to go scot free, God will punish Andrews and his son for their actions.

  19. sissy

    October 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    THIS IS SO HEART WRENCHING GOSHHHHHH.THE PAIN SHE MUST HAVE FELT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO EXCRUCIATING. AHHH THIS MAN GOD DON BEGIN PUNISH YOU.

  20. concerned citizen

    October 25, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    This is the very sad. RIP Elizabeth.
    We have failed you; I guess you are so scared to tell your cousin/anyone around or maybe they didn’t believe you.
    Justice will be served to Andrew, Victor and your cousin.
    Rest on dear.

  21. xqsyou

    October 27, 2018 at 11:13 am

    What a very sad story……I really wish she had survived it.
    Dear Lord, please rescue anyone still going through such a horrendous experience.
    We need to be more sensitive and aware of the people, especially the vulnerable ones around us. She was with a crowd of “witnesses”, yet she was alone and “unseen”. So sad…

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