The heartbreaking death of a 13-year old girl, Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje, has taken Nigerians to the street demanding for justice.
According to online reports, Elizabeth died from serious health complications including Vesicovaginal Fistula, after she was raped for five years by her Aunty’s husband, Andrew Ogbuja and his son, Victor Ogbuja.
Her Aunty claims she had no knowledge of what was happening.
This man and his son raped a 13 years old to death! #JusticeForOchanya read through it and I couldn’t, the pain, slow death, this people should not go scot-free! #JusticeForOchanya pic.twitter.com/wJEA6sskMP
— Okikiola (@DeycallmiFaMe) October 24, 2018
Andrew is the Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Benue State, and his son, Victor is a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
While Victor is on the run, Andrew was remanded in prison by a court in Markurdi but has been released and is now on the run.
#justiceforochanya this is the couple responsible with their son who is still at large. The Catholic Church must derobe them, they bring shame to the legacy of St. Mulumba and the teaching of the church. Knights protect not destroy! pic.twitter.com/X2pp0ekAX0
— Nwadishi Faith (@faithlyn_7) October 25, 2018
Some Nigerians, however, organised a protest to see that both Andrew and Victor are made to face the law. Tagged #JusticeForOchanya, the protest took place this morning in Abuja.
We are out here in front of the Ministry of Justice for Ochanya who was repeatedly raped by Andrew Ogbuja and his son Victor Ogbuja.
WE ARE DEMANDING THAT BOTH RAPISTS BE PROSECUTED AND SENTENCED ACCORDINGLY pic.twitter.com/X7BPIZMz1H
— Ndi Kato (@YarKafanchan) October 25, 2018
In a chat with Daily Post, human rights activist and Executive director, Cee-Hope Nigeria, Betty Abah said, “Rape by father and son, anal and vagina, started when she went to stay with the family at age 8 (wife is her aunt) in order to be able to go to school. She died October 18, 2018 at the General Hospital, Otukpo from the complications and was buried Oct. 21, 2018 in her village in Benue State, following an autopsy.”
Both men and women are also tweeting about the incidence to the attention of the government.
Talking about it& arguing amongst yourselves is not enough. Do better. Men will always be scum as long as they don’t chastise and shame the bad eggs amongst them. Don’t be a rape apologist. It doesn’t matter who they are to you,shame them,hold them accountable #justiceforochanya
— Renè The Leader ❤️ (@Rene_noire) October 25, 2018
Do you know that some Nigerian men are upset over this #JusticeForOchanya thing?
They are asking for proof. PROOF!
Nigerian men are asking why she kept quiet. Some are angry that the rapists pictures were posted.
Nigerian men are heartless psychopaths
— That Nigerian girl (@Chivie6) October 25, 2018
Nobody deserves to die the way Ochanya died. We should all be on this #JusticeForOchanya matter. An Injustice to one is an injustice to all. This must not be swept under the carpet. pic.twitter.com/yRFzuCbLWo
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) October 25, 2018
Indeed #JusticeforOchanya everyone. We do need to work collectively to eliminate this scourge of Rape and other types of Violence Against Women. It deserves urgent measures.
May Ochanya’s family receive Justicefor her through our collective efforts and also the comfort of God. https://t.co/qlSYtoqTyT
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) 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
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