The rape and demise of the 13-year-old girl, Elizabeth Ochanya, yesterday drew the ire and condemnation of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) who pledged to investigate the victim’s aunt whose silence may have contributed to Ochanya’s demise.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday where she expressed sadness over the ugly trend of sexual abuse against minors which she deemed “ugly” and “disturbing”.
“NAPTIP will continue to monitor the situation in court, ensuring justice to the deceased,” she assured.
In a related development, the KOWA party yesterday through its spokesperson, Olakunle Olawole disclosed the party had petitioned the Presidency, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Education, and the Nigeria Police, on the matter.
A statement released by the party reads, “The need for state oversight on children has been totally neglected, whereas the fate of a child is undetermined especially with the denial of the fundamental human rights of citizens.
“It is alarming to note that although Nigeria subscribed to the Child’s Right Act, the government does not concern itself with the welfare of children, especially the girl child and does not give regards to whether they go to school, are denied essential medicine, subjected to slavery, trafficked, or sexually violated.
“We demand that asides from issuing birth certificates, (and sometimes when they die – death certificates), the government should take complete oversight over the Nigerian child with an established minimum standard of care that caregivers must provide.
“We wish to reiterate that there has been an astronomical increase in the number of children suffering from sexual violence, without plans to provide rehabilitation for them while bringing perpetrators to justice.
“The government’s carrot and stick approach has gotten us to this level as a nation, and as such, we demand that the Ochanya’s incidence be given concrete attention and perpetrators brought to justice.”