It was a sad day at Ogene-Amejo Village in Okpokwu Local Government of Benue State on Friday, November 2, 2018, as the remains of Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje who died from complications of VVF was finally laid to rest.
Ochanya, a 13-year-old girl, was allegedly raped by her guardian, Andrew Ogbuja, a lecturer at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo.
Oguja, 61, and his son, Victor, allegedly began molesting sexually since she was eight – a situation which exposed her to developing Vesicohoneypotl Fistula (VVF).
In a video by an activist, Ukan Kurugh, family members, civil society organizations and community members paid their last respect to Ochanya.
While lamenting Ochanya’s death, they urged the government to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are brought to book.
Meanwhile, Ugbuja, Ochanya’s alleged rapist has been remanded in prison till hearing on the matter in court on November 29, 2018.
Similarly, the Order of the Knights of Saint Mulumba in Nigeria has suspended Ugbuja pending the delivery of judgment on the matter.