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Civil society seeks justice for Elizabeth Ogbanje raped by uncle

Elizabeth Ochanya Ugboji

The civil society organization fighting for justice for late Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje wants the Benue state Governor, Samuel Otom, to institute a notice of appeal to the court of Appeal before the expiration of the ninety days window.

The leader of the group, Lemmy Ogeghbe, who made the appeal during a media briefing in Abuja said the trial judge, Justice Augustine Ityinyoma, has failed to do due diligence in his discharge of justice.

The name of Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje has continued to ring a bell, especially when ever the issue of Rape is being discussed.

She is the thirteen year old school girl who died in October 2018 following a complication from alleged consistent rape by a polytechnic lecturer, Andrew Ogbuja and his son Victor Ogbuja.

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In 2019 the Benue state government had arraigned the 54-year- old lecturer, Andrew Ogbuja, on three count charge of criminal conspiracy, rape and death of the minor.

Three years later, a High court in Benue state, presided over by justice Augustine Ityonyiman, passed the judgement against the late Ochanya based on technicalities thereby discharging and acquitting the alleged rapists.

This group is, therefore, calling on the Benue state government not to allow injustice to prevail in the state where pedophiles are on the rampage.

They say the presiding judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyima, has failed to do due diligence in his discharge of justice on the matter.

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Andrew Ogbuja and his fugitive son, Victor, were alleged to have serially raped the deceased until she took ill and died at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi where she received treatment for two months before her death on October 17, 2018.

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