A Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court was, yesterday, told by the prosecution counsel that the accused lecturer in the case of 13-year-old girl, Ochanya Ogbanje, allegedly raped to death must stand trial alongside his son, presently at large.
Daily Trust reports that the accused, Andrew Ogbuja, a senior lecturer at the Department of Catering and Hotel Management in Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and his son, Victor Ogbuja, a final year student at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, were alleged to have serially raped the victim for over five years, resulting in the illnesses which later led to her death in October, last year. When the case came up, yesterday, the Benue state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mike Gusa, told the court that there was a prima facie case against Ogbuja and his son currently on the run.
Police prosecutor, Edward Imo, also informed the court that the legal advice was out, adding that it indicated that “there is a prima facie case” against the defendants.
In the legal advice, which was sighted by our correspondent, the Attorney-General urged the police to intensify efforts to arrest the second defendant, Victor Ogbuja, who has been on the run since the news of Ochanya’s death broke.
On his part, Ogbuja through his lawyer, Edward Onoja, filed an application for bail, which the court slated for hearing on February 5.
The court, however, adjourned the substantive suit till March 13 for further mention.