Benue Lecturer Remanded In Prison For Allegedly Raping 13-Year-old Housemaid To Death
A Senior lecturer in the Department of Catering and Hotel Management, Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Mr. Andrew Ogbuja, was on Thursday, October 25, arraigned for a fresh charge at the Chief Magistrate Court in Makurdi, for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
The 51-year-old lecturer was subsequently remanded him in prison for the alleged rape of his 13-year-old housemaid, Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbaje.
It was gathered that Ogbuja, who committed the alleged crime with his son Victor, was arrested by the police, arraigned and remanded in prison, while his son fled.
The rape victim died of Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications after being allegedly abused by the duo on several occasions.
During court session, the Old Students Association of Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue State and other civil society oganisations in the country yesterday protested against the death of Ogbaje.
The protesters demanded justice and proper prosecution of the suspects at Unity Fountain, Abuja.
Before her death last week Wednesday at Benue State Teaching Hospital, the victim was a Junior Secondary School 1 student at the Federal Government College, Gboko, Benue.
It was gathered that the girl, a cousin of the lecturer’s wife, was allegedly sexually abused by the suspects for about five years, while she lived with them.
Speaking with newsmen, one of the protesters, Esther Arabare, said: “We are only calling for justice for late Ochanya. This is a disgrace to the general public, especially women.”