13 year old pupil allegedly defiled by lecturer and his son dies; family demands justice
Elizabeth Ogbanje, a 13-year-old pupil allegedly raped by a lecturer at the Department of Catering and Hotel Management, Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, and his son, has died from health complications at the Otukpo General Hospital, Punch reports.
According to the report, the teenager, who is a J.S.S 1 student died last week – her father has since demanded justice for her as he urged the police and the judiciary to ensure that the lecturer, Andrew Ogbuja and his son, Victor are brought to book.
Speaking to Punch, he said in quote,
“My daughter died on Wednesday at the Otukpo General Hospital. Her corpse has been brought to Makurdi for autopsy. We are awaiting the autopsy report. She was admitted to the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi in February 2018 when she could not walk due to anal-related infections. She was bedridden for two months at the hospital. They ran a test on her and it was discovered that she had been sexually abused.
“The lecturer was remanded but we did not know how he left the prison. The police prosecutor said he was not aware of the bail. At the last adjournment, September 24, 2018 when we wanted to inform the court about the development, it did not sit. His son is still at large, but the police said they were making efforts to arrest him.
“What the family wants is justice. We are calling on the Commissioner of Police in the state, the state government and well-meaning Nigerians to do everything within their powers to bring perpetrators of this despicable act to justice That is the only way we can bring closure to the case and give the late Elizabeth her well-deserved rest. We have reported her death to the police.”
Her school’s alumni, like the rest of Nigeria, are rightly hungry for justice, leading to #JusticeForOchanya across social media pages.
She was sexually molested by her 52yr old lecturer uncle and his son from the age of 8 till she died at the age of 13 after complications arising from injuries sustained from the sexual harassment.
NO ONE DESERVES TO GO THROUGH THIS!!
She deserves justice.#JusticeForOchanya
— 👑 DaddyMO 👑 🚀♠️ (@officialdaddymo) October 25, 2018
The perpetrators of this heinous crime MUST be brought to justice.
We must say NO to Rape and Rape Culture.
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) October 25, 2018
The teenage girl on the left was raped from the time she was 8 year-old by the man on the right alongside his father until she died at 13.
— Kelvin Odanz (@Kelvin_Odanz) October 25, 2018
More details about this will be communicated shortly. cc: @bettyabah.
— S.T.E.R Initiative (@StandtoEndRape) October 25, 2018
We all need to lend our voice to get#JusticeForOchanya. This wicked act must not go unpunished. How do u rape a minor to the point of death and you call yourself a human being. No ur a monster! The People that should protect her are the same people that turned on her! pic.twitter.com/tesU9Ubrtp
— The Chief 🌚 (@Chuksy_Johnson) October 25, 2018