In August 2018, 13-year-old Ochanya was interviewed on camera by journalists and she alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her uncle, Andrew Ogbuja, and his son, Victor Ogbuja.
Ochanya was diagnosed with Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) and on Wednesday, the 17th of October 2018, she died. Before she died, Ochanya was leaking urine and feces as a result of damage she suffered to her vagina and rectum allegedly at the hands of her cousin Victor Ogbuja and his father, Andrew Ogbuja.
Fast forward to April, 2022 and Ochanya’s uncle, Andrew Ogbuja, was acquitted by the State High Court in Makurdi. The court ruled that there was no sufficient corroborating evidence to convict him and that Ochanya was not present to tell her story.
Why didn’t Ochanya’s videotaped interview with the journalists count? What kind of corroborating evidence does the court need for a rape allegation? Does the accused person have to be caught in the act? Do they have to be subjected to a medical examination? What if they confess - does that count as corroborating evidence?
In this episode, we try to find out.
Special thank you to John Ameh Ogbanje and Barrister Amina Umar Hussain who took time to speak to us.
This episode was produced by Anthonieta Kalunta, Uche Mbah, Dominic Tabakaji and Sam Tabakaji.
Special thanks to Mariam Mohammed.
Executive producer Rahmat Muhammad.
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