The furore over the alleged rape of Ochanya Obaje by a lecturer of the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugboloko, Benue State, has prompted the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to speak up on the issue.
The Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management of the institution, Ogboja, and his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogboja, a final year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, were alleged to have raped the 13-year-old to death.
After the alleged rape, Ochanya battled Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, before her demise last weekend.
A joint statement signed by Comrade Ochogwu and Comrade Emma Ada who are the Chairman and Publicity Secretary of the ASUP Chapter in the institution reads:
“The union wish to state in every clear term that nobody from any quarter had any point in time petitioned the school or the union about the activities of the staff in question to what he is currently on trial for.
“The union was further handicapped in that the issue was not something between a staff and a student or a staff and another staff with no complaint to work on, the union could only watch as events unfold from the court.
“The families of the staff and that of the little Ochanya kept and treated the matter as a family issue and none of them nor their relatives saw the need to petition the school nor the union with a view to initiating an investigation into the matter and making recommendations thereof.
“The union wish to state here that since the matter is already before a competent court of law, making further comment on the issue will amount to prejudice thus to encourage the all concerned persons to allow the law take its full course in this regard.”