NAPTIP pledges jus­tice for abuse vic­tim

Weekly Trust - - News - Olayemi John-Men­sah

The Na­tional Agency for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons (NAPTIP) has vowed to get jus­tice for the 13-yearold stu­dent of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Col­lege, Gboko, Benue State, El­iz­a­beth Ochanya Og­baje, who was sex­ual sex­u­ally mo­lested and mur­dered by a man and his son.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NAPTIP, Dame Julie OkahDonli, at a press con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day said since the mat­ter is al­ready in court, they would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion with a view to en­sur­ing jus­tice.

“Se­cur­ing jus­tice is the only way to make her soul that was vi­o­lently sent to the early grave by these sex­u­ally reck­less in­di­vid­u­als, to rest. NAPTIP is join­ing hands with other law en­force­ment agen­cies in this re­gard,” she said.

Okah-Donli added that in ad­di­tion to the on­go­ing pros­e­cu­tion of the prin­ci­pal sus­pects, the Makurdi zonal com­mand of the agency had been given a di­rec­tive to en­sure that the roles of other ac­com­plices in the mat­ter, es­pe­cially those whose con­spir­acy of si­lence led to the tragedy, are re­viewed for any pos­si­ble ac­tion.

She ex­pressed con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the late El­iz­a­beth for the loss.

Ochanya had bat­tled Vesico Vagi­nal Fis­tula (VVF) and other health com­pli­ca­tions at the Benue State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, Makurdi af­ter be­ing al­legedly se­verely abused by one An­drew Og­buja, the Head of De­part­ment, Ca­ter­ing and Ho­tel Man­age­ment at the Benue State Poly­tech­nic, Ug­bokolo, Benue State, and his son, Vic­tor Inalegwu Og­buja, a fi­nal year stu­dent of An­i­mal Pro­duc­tion at the Fed­eral Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture, Makurdi. They al­legedly con­sis­tently sex­u­ally mo­lested El­iz­a­beth since she was 9 years to age 13 which even­tu­ally led to her death.

PHOTO: NAN

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (GOC), 3 Divi­sion, Nige­ria Army, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Umar Mo­hammed, ad­dresses news­men at the scene of a grave where the re­mains of the miss­ing re­tired Maj.-Gen. Idris Al­kali were ini­tially buried and later ex­humed to an un­known des­ti­na­tion by sus­pected killers, at Dura Du near Jos in Plateau State yes­ter­day

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