“This country” – Uche Jombo cries out as court acquits lecturer accused of r@ping and killing Ochanya Ogbanje in 2018

Actress Uche Jombo has taken to social media to cy out after a lecturer at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Andrew Ogbuja, was on Thursday April 28, acquitted of the accusations of rap£ and causing the d£ath of a 13-year-old schoolgirl, Ochanya Ogbanje in 2018.

Recall that there was an outcry in 2018 after it was reported that the lecturer and his son, Victor, who are both maternal relations of the deceased, reportedly rap£d the minor till she fell unwell and died.

Justice Augustine Ityonyiman of the Benue state High Court acquitted Ogbuja on grounds of the prosecution failing to prove its four allegations against him.

Ityonyiman who evaluated two autopsy reports from the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi and the Nigeria Police Forensic Laboratory in Lagos, left him in quandary, said police investigators failed to subject the defendant to medical examination in order to match his specimen with the findings in the medical reports presented before the court.

He said;

“I cannot pick and choose which of the autopsy reports to rely on in reaching a just conclusion of this case.”

The judge also noted that while the autopsy report from the medical centre in Makurdi said Ogbanje d!ed of “natural cause,” the one from the police forensic laboratory said the deceased “suffered diseases that were related to s£xual abuse.”

Though Ochanya narrated her ordeals at the hands of the Ogbujas in a video presented in court, Ityonyiman said “it is regrettable that the deceased could not tell her story before she d!ed.” He then said “I hereby acquit and discharge the defendant of all the four counts charge.”

In a separate case instituted by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons against the lecturer’s wife before the Federal High Court in Makurdi, Felicia Ochiga-Ogbuja was convicted of negligence in the rape of the minor.

NAPTIP had accused her of failing to protect the deceased teenager from allegedly “being rap£d” by her husband and son, Victor.

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon who delivered judgement on the case, held that the defendant failed in her duty to protect Miss Ogbanje from “being s£xually abused by her son, Victor.”

Reacting to the report, actress, Uche Jombo took to social media to lament about the country.

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