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Ochanya: Benue State Ministry of Justice transfers case to High Court

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The Ministry of Justice in Benue State has transferred the trial of Andrew Ogbuja, in the rape case of Elizabeth Ochanya Ogbanje, from a Chief Magistrate Court to a State High court in Makurdi.

According to THE NATION, the Commissioner of Justice in the State, Mike Gusa, confirmed the transfer, adding that it was resultant of an order from the States Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Although no date has been scheduled for the hearing, Gusa stated that the hearing will be done quickly, based on the attention the matter has drawn from international communities.

“The only thing I can confirm for now is that hearing in the case will be expeditious, given the attention on the matter by international communities,” he said.

Ogbuja’s trial was meant to commence in a Magistrate Court on November 29, but was adjourned because the presiding Judge was absent.

Meanwhile, Ogbuja’s wife, Felicia Ogbuja, cousin of late ochanya, was arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), on November 23.

According to the NAPTIP, Felicia’s arrest was carried out, following suspicion of having knowledge of late Ochanya’s ordeal, without reporting the act to the authorities.

Recall that, 13 year old Ochanya died, after suffering from Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) following alleged molestation, drugging and sexual abuse by Ogbuja and his son, Victor Ogbuja, who is still at large.

 

THE NATION

 

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