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Rape, Death of Minor Springs Reaction from NAPTIP
After the rape and subsequent death of 13 year old Elizabeth Ogbaje, The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has said unpleasant raping of minors and abuse of helpless Nigerian children in the country must stop.
Elizabeth who was a student of the Federal Government College was allegedly raped by one Andrew Ogbuja, a Lecturer of Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and his son, Victor Ogbuja.
After being severely abused by the suspects, afflicted with Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) and other health complications, the minor died at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi last Sunday.
Reacting to this, the Director General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli disclosed in a news conference in Benue State that NAPTIP was doing all it could to ensure justice was served for both Elizabeth and the perpetrators.
She further enjoined stakeholders to join hands with NAPTIP in its renewed sensitization and awareness to end sexual violence and rape in the country as well as Governors’ Forum, an umbrella body of all Governors in the country to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) to address rising cases of sexual violence in various states of the federation.
According to the report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Okah Donli also expressed her grief on the death of the girl who she disclosed had been ruthlessly raped by the duo consistently.
“My heart is heavy because another pride of the nation has been silenced and I am sad because another mother of the nation has been killed, in the name of Elizabeth Ogbaje.“
She also appealed to other children facing similar experiences to speak up.“Children who are victims of sexual violence and rape should defy any threat and open up, and I assure them that succor will surely come their way. “We must all break the culture of silence and free our children from the constant threat of sexual violence”, says Okah Donli.