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Guardian of teenager raped to death, arrested

Mrs. Ogbuja, the aunty of the late Ochanya Ogbaje, has been arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

NAPTIP alleged that the accused had knowledge of the repeated rape of the minor but refused to report or speak out.

According to the agency, the arrest of Ogbuja came about four weeks after an intensive manhunt, having disappeared from her house shortly after the minor’s death. .

Ogbaje, a 13-year-old student of the Federal Government Girls College, Gboko, died on October 21, after five years of anal and vaginal rape led to vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications.

This occurred when she was living with the family of the two men, a father and his son, who raped her.

The statement added that her death was as a result of alleged sexual abuse by Andrew Ogbuja, Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, and his son, Victor Ogbuja, a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

NAPTIP Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, said the suspect would be investigated to ascertain her level of connivance in the incident and thereafter charged to court.

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