The Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), has tasked the federal, state and local governments in the country to hasten the late Ochanya Ogbanje case and ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.
It also launched a book titled ‘Justice for Ochanya’ in honour of the late 13-year-old Ochanya Ogbanje, to mark one year of her death, after she was allegedly abused by her uncle. Ogbanje was sexually molested allegedly by her aunt’s husband, Andrew Ogbuja, and his son, Victor Ogbuja, in Benue State from age eight till her death in October 2018.
Following her death, CEE-HOPE Nigeria said the child protection workshop became essential to ensure that justice is served on Ochanya’s death, and also advocates immediate end to child molestation and sexual abuse. Speaking at the event in Lagos, the Convener of CEE-HOPE Nigeria, Betty Abah, called on Nigeria to prioritise child-friendly policies that will cater for the wellbeing of children, especially the most vulnerable ones.
We are using this workshop to draw the attention of the general public and the government to the fact that the case is ongoing and that justice must be served for Ochanya.
The one-day workshop had in attendance the late Ochanya’s elder brother, Ameh Ejekwonyilo, a journalist, who noted that a year after the ugly incident, the police had yet to declare wanted the second suspect, Victor Ogbuja, a final year student of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.