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RAPED OCHANYA LAID TO REST AMIDST TEARS

The remains of Ochanya Ogbanje , a 13 year old girl who was raped to death by her aunt ’s husband , Andrew Ogbuja , and his son Victor , were yesterday , laid to rest amidst tears , in her home town , Ogene Amejo Okpokwu local government area of Benue State .

Speaking after the burial , a group under the aegis of Concerned Citizens For Ochanya, recommended the thorough , transparent and unbiased investigation into the matter by the police and other related agencies , as well as the publishing of the actual facts.

The group , however , called for speedy, diligent and fair prosecution of the case to ensure that justice was served to all parties involved .

The group also requested that , the suspect , Andrew Ogbuja , should immediately be suspended from carrying out his official duties as a lecturer and head of department in the Benue State Polytechnic , pending the outcome of the investigation into his complicity in the case .

They also requested that the wife of the suspect , Mrs Felicia Ogbuja , be invited for questioning over her role , either by commission or omission , in the matter.

While appealing to the Benue State governor , Samuel Ortom, to immortalise the late Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje as a martyr of child rape, sexual molestation and abuse to discourage future act of abuse, neglect and exploitation of children , the group also called on the government to also compensate her family members to mitigate the trauma of the painful loss .

“ The Benue State House of Assembly should also intensify efforts to pass the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act ( 2015 ) . We also call for a thorough review of the Judicial System to protect the rights of children against rape and sexual molestation . ”

Source: The Leadership

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