Benue State Polytechnic chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has broken the silence on the rape case hanging around the neck of one of its member, Andrew Ogbuja.
Ogbuja, who is the Head of Department, Catering and Hotel Management at the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, and his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja, a final-year student of Animal Production at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, are on trial over allegation of sexually molesting 13-year-old Ochanya Ogbuje to death.
It was learned that the 13-year-old battled Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and other health complications at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi after being allegedly severely abused by the duo. She died last weekend.
Speaking on the incident for the first time, ASUP in a statement jointly signed by Comrades Ochogwu and Emma Ada chairman and Publicity Secretary of ASUP Benpoly, said the union was not informed of the incident before it was taken to court.
“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 in trial for”, the statement read.
“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 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 among to subjudice thus to encourage the all concerned persons to allow the law take its full course in this regard.”