As reactions continue to trail the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje, some youths from Benue State have planned to stage a peaceful protest to demand justice for the late teenager.
Ochanya had battled Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi after being severely abused by one Andrew Ogboja, Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Benue State, and his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogboja, a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
The duo consistently molested little Ochanya since she was 9 to age 13, took turns every night on her, according to reports.
Molested and sodomized Ochanya in her condition couldn’t recognize anyone and her eyes remained closed. During the weekend, she lost the battle and took her last breath.
Irked by the ugly and sad development, some youths have decided to stage a 500-man protest over the incident.
Headlining the peace protest, the Councilor Representing Eke Ward, Hon Dan Atayi, said “the 500 march in honour of the deceased and alleged rape victim Ochanya by a lecturer of Benue state polytechnic Ugbokolo and his son, would hold in FCT on Tuesday, 23/10/2018 to National Human Rights Commission, Ministry Of Women Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Police Headquarters and NAPTIP.”
He called on all Benue sons and daughters as well as well-meaning Nigerians, particularly the women folks to join the protest so the culprits would be forced to face the law.
Adding his voice, a renowned activist, Felix said, “We must register our grievance with the world and relevant agencies that this evil act must not go unpunished.
“The protest is suggested and scheduled to hold in Abuja in a world stage and extended to Benue State of November during the court hearing.”
Also adding her voice, human rights activist and blogger, Mimi Atedze, insisted that the perpetrators must be brought to book without delay.
She said, “The serial rapists must be punished for this act…the Child’s Right act 2003 states clearly that “Nobody should engage in any unlawful sexual intercourse with a child” #JusticeForOchanya.