Human rights groups on Tuesday again protested in Makurdi over the death of Ochanya Obaje, a 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a lecturer of Benue State Polytechnic, Andrew Ogbuja, and his son, Victor.
A similar protest held last Thursday in Abuja.
The victim who was a Junior Secondary School 1 student at the Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue State died of Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications after being allegedly abused by the duo on several occasions
She was allegedly sexually abused by the suspects for about five years, while she lived with them.
While Mr Ogbuja was arrested by the police, arraigned before a Makurdi Upper Area Court in August 2018 and remanded in prison, his son fled.
On Tuesday, a child right Foundation Blue Baby Support initiative led other right activists to demand justice for the late Ms Ochanya.
The protest took place at Benue State University and its environs.
Speaking on the protest, Aisha Dania Ogieriakhi, founder of Blue Baby Support Initiative told CAMPUS REPORTER that: “What did this child do to suffer a fate like this? Ochanya, they killed her innocence and her body. And for all the perpetrators, calamity will come upon them suddenly.”
She also said so many children had suffered the same fate with the victim.
“They are violated, molested & sexually abused. They suffer from depression & other psychological problems which scars them for the rest of their lives. They are deprived of a normal childhood and are filled with fear, anxiety and pain. Some die in the process like Ochanya! Let’s lend them a voice, let them know they have the power to speak up now!
“The horror they experience is unacceptable to every girl, woman, Mother, parent!! Every one of us who doesn’t fight back gives the abusers another chance and creates more victims! It isn’t their fault. Life has just been unfair to them! Nobody has the right to abuse a child! But we all have the right to stand up for them.
“Until Ochanya gets the required justice, the walk continues,” she said.
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