Tears as Late Ochanya bags posthumous award

The late Miss Ochanya Ogbanje drew cold tears out from the eyes of Abuja residence last week as she bags posthumous award at the 2nd annual awards and lecture of the Daily Asset Newspaper in Abuja,

The late Ochanya was conferred with the paper’s posthumous award for the Young Person of the Year 2018, The Daily Sun reports.

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Tears as Ochanya bags posthumous award


Dignitaries at the event including a former Presidential aspirant, Prof. Iorwuese Hagher, Prof. Yima Sen amongst others could not hold back their years when her name was called for the posthumous award.O

Ochanya died in October last year, due to complications arising from the alleged sexual assaults the deceased suffered at the hands of her guardian, Mr. Andrew Ogbuja, a lecturer at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and his son, Victor Ogbuja, a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi. 

Since she was 8 years, both father (Andrew) and son (victor) started having sex with her until age 13, when she suddenly fell ill to a disease later diagnosed as Vesico-vaginal fistula (VVW).

Doctors confirmed that there had been forced penetration in both her private part and anus.

The lecturer was first charged to court for rape but granted bail before he was rearrested by the police when the victim died.

But his son, Victor, who joined in the abuse Ochanya, is said to be on the run and the police have mounted a manhunt for him.

Her death, has witnessed series of massive protests by various civil society groups calling for justice for the victim.

From Abuja to Lagos, Makurdi to Otukpo and Gboko in Benue State, the clamour was nothing but resounding.

speaking at the award presentation in Abuja,  the deceased’s brother, Mr. John Ameh, renewed call for the  swift prosecution of the alleged culprits.

Ameh appealed to the Acting Inspector-General of Police,  Mr. Adamu Mohammed to take urgent steps to arrest the primary suspect in the matter, Victor Ogbuja, whom he said had been on the run since the news of Ochanya’s  death broke.

He said Ochanya’s death had left the family heartbroken, due to the sordid circumstances that led to her untimely departure, urging the new police chief to direct the Benue State Police commissioner, Mr. Okon Ene to declare the suspect wanted. 

“Needless to say that it has been a difficult time for us as a family since the tragic death of our beloved Ochanya in October last year. 

The circumstances surrounding her painful exit are already in the public domain, but for the sake of emphasis, Ochanya’s aggressors and killers, the paedophilic Andrew Ogbuja and his son, Victor, must be brought to justice. We appeal to the new IGP to declare Victor Ogbuja wanted for the rape and death of Ochanya.

“Our demand for justice is not borne out of vengeance, but the sheer desire to ensure that other girls within the community and Nigeria as a whole, are safe from the pandemic of sexual violence. 

“On behalf of the family, I would like to thank the management and staff of Daily Asset Newspaper for this kind gesture. It is the first of its kind from a private organisation, in trying to raise awareness about the dangers of child sexual abuse, which has assumed epidemic proportions in the country,” Ameh said. 

The chairman of the occasion and former presidential aspirant, Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher, called on government at all levels to invest in education.

In the same vein, the guest lecturer, Prof. Yima Sen, noted that the bedrock for meaningful development in any society is quality education from the primary to the tertiary levels. 

In his welcome speech, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Daily Asset Newspaper, said the awards and lecture series was the paper’s modest contribution to deepening public discourse on development in Nigeria, adding that the awardees had made meaningful impacts in their various spheres of life.

He opined that the posthumous award to the late Ochanya was meant to immortalise the deceased who has become a symbol of child sexual abuse in the country and to draw government’s attention to the evil.

 Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson won the paper’s Governor of the Year Award, and was represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Iworiso Markson.

Other awardees include: Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Yakubu Dogara as well as Jigawa, Benue and Akwa Ibom governors.

141 Comments

  1. Police must expidit action on the culprit for quick dispensing of justice. Damages should be demanded as well

  2. This is so pathetic, it will never augur well for the man and his useless son that sent this beautiful young girl to an early grave. May her soul continue to rest in peace.

  3. May her soul rest in perfect peace ,I pray for God punishment for both father and son ,karma is a real game.

  4. It’s good for her that at least she is remembered, others may not have been this lucky. But they died

  5. The criminals, father and son that committed the crime must be punished. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

  6. May her soul Rest In Peace, is never easy to lose a loved one, may God give you the strength to bear this loss

  7. May her soul continue to rest in peace. The greatest award her heart will yearn for is that those who molested her should be caught and punished

  8. Ochanya died in October last year, due to complications arising from the alleged sexual assaults the deceased suffered at the hands of her guardian, Mr. Andrew Ogbuja, a lecturer at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and his son, Victor Ogbuja, a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

    ….FATHER AND SON ,YOUR PLACE IS A RESERVED SPACE IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.YOU MUST DIE UNSUNG AND UNWEPT.

    SOCIAL HITLERS!!!!

  9. What a tragedy such could be for that family for God sake.

    The other culprit must be declared wanted and brought to justice with immediate effect. What are wicked souls called father and son.

    Mixed feelings I must say too…. Congratulations

  10. What a painful exit of the young girl. May it not be well with those that sent this promising girl to her early grave

  11. Anything than justice is unacceptable. He deserves 30years jail term for the father and as for the son, 45years imprisonment.

  12. May her soul rest in peace. The son should be brought to justice and proper awareness should also be carried out in the society too.

  13. The only time true justice will be served is if the both racists are handed very stiff sentences. Wherever that wicked boy is he must be fished out and dealt with accordingly.

  14. Animals are better off than most humans, animals only sleep with its kinds but some humans can sleep with both animals and humans. Sorry dear

  15. May her soul rest in the lord Amen! Some oder victim did not het such oportunity, Really her case is different

  16. The people responsible for Ochanya’s death will never go unpunished. She is now an icon of child sexual abuse and he memories will continue to live on. Rest in peace Ochanya

  17. It’s good Ochanya is still been remembered… I pray the new IG do not hesitate in arresting Victor Ogbuja, and bring justice to the dead..

  18. That poor girl, but people can be wicked. Father and son abusing a kid sexually, they should declare that boy wanted and make sure they apprehend him. At least let that girl be justify.

  19. That idiot and his son should be hanged,what kind of wickedness is this,to a child,the wife too is very stupid ,does she wnt to tell me she disnt notice anything?idiot family,God punish you people .may her soul rest in peace.poor child

  20. This is medicine after death, the young girl is dead already. The best that can be done it’s to bring the evil perpetrators to book.

  21. Justice must be taken for this little girl. The son should be declared wanted in order to catch up with him soon. Rest in perfect peace Ochanya Ki’doma

  22. How heartless could people be, to be having sex with a 9 years old? What is this world turning into for Christ sake

  23. May your soul rest in peace. And May the souls of your killers continue to dwell in perpetual pain

  24. A lecturer rapping a child under his care, what was he actually teaching his female students? Hmmmm, I am wondering what he taught them

  25. That is a domonic act. They would go for Deliverance. But I pray they are caught and make to face the law.

  26. The fact here is not about the arrest or rearrest but justice should be done to make the girl soul be at rest……. Is really horrible… Father and son.

  27. Such an abuse and a painful way to die. I hope God gives the family the strength to bear the loss. I can’t believe lecturer’s son is yet to be caught. Hmm!

  28. The other culprit must be declared wanted and brought to justice with immediate effect. What are wicked souls called father and son.

  29. My heart fell and always disturbed for the lose. I want to use this medium to appreciate the civil society of Nigeria for their tremendous unrest protest until remarkable justice was done. Rest in peace Ochanya.

  30. May she rest on but I hope the father and the son will face the law and be charged with the offense they have committed

  31. Poor girl fell victim of animals in human forms, this is really saddening. Such an intelligent girl

  32. He must be caught and prosecuted like his dad because they both committed an offence punishable by law. May her soul rest in in peace.

  33. Both the man and his son will never have peace wherever they are. May her gentle soul rest In peace

  34. This is the kind of case where I support jungle justice. The law won’t be hard on the criminals as I want them to suffer.
    Rest in perfect peace Ochanya.
    #I stand for justice for Ochanya.

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