The Kogi State arm of the International Federation of Women Lawyers and a coalition of civil society organisations in the state have demanded that justice must be served in the case of Elizabeth Ochanya, a minor allegedly molested by her uncle and his son until she died.
Thirteen-year-old Ochanya, who died on October 18, 2018, was allegedly violated, molested, defiled, drugged and abused from age five by her 52-year-old uncle, Andrew Ogbuja, a lecturer at Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, and his son, Victor Ogbuja.
They spoke at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Press Centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, after a protest march from the state specialist hospital to the centre.
The Vice Chairman, Kogi Non-Governmental Organisations Network, Ms Eunice Agbogun, said the act of alleged rape of the minor by the Ogbujas called for global condemnation and that it must be given the right attention. She called on well-meaning men and women to “roundly condemn the act and demand that justice should be served without delay even if one of the alleged culprits remained at large.”
Also, the chairperson of Kogi chapter of FIDA, Mrs Christiana Adejumo, leading the protesters to the NUJ Press Centre, said FIDA was out to protect and promote the rights and interests of women and children while urging abused or violated girls and women to run to women lawyers.
She urged mothers to be vigilant, saying “the rapists are within us and living with us. So, we need to be watchful over the girl child and watch out for the females in the society. When we hear it, let’s scream to the rooftop and we shall get help.”
In his response, the Chairman, Kogi State Council of NUJ, Alhaji Adeiza Momoh-Jimoh, decried the “rampant cases of rape in the country,” saying Ochanya’s case as one too many.
He added, “I know this is not the only case we have around; we got to know this because it was reported. We encourage parents to speak up on cases like this so that the perpetrators who do such will be brought to justice and the society will be better for it.”