PLIGHT OF A BENUE ORPHAN: Raped, Impregnated, Deprived of Her Baby
Ochanya is an orphan from Ado Local Government of Benue State. She lost her father before the age of seven. After losing her dad, Ochanya was left with no option than to return to the village to live with her grandfather. But this did not go well for the little girl as her uncle, one Samuel began to play dirty with her right there in the village. She escalated this evil development to her grandfather who consequently sent Ochanya to go stay with her aunt in Sokoto before uncle Samuel defied her.
Ochanya’s stay in Sokoto was short lived; her aunt became mentally unstable. According to Ochanya, the aunt would always go violent with her due to her mental state. Ochanya had to be rescued but back to the village where her welfare was poor. Hungry often, Ochanya would depend on caging money from the villagers including men to survive at a tender age of thirteen. Sometimes she had to compromise sexually with men in order to feed.
Ochanya who did not intend to continue with the despicable lifestyle decided to leave the village for Abuja in pursuit of education.
“I saved some money and came to Abuja to meet my uncle. I told him I wanted to go to school,” Ochanya said.
But uncle Odan (A.K.A Jaro or Jahrule) declined to help the poor girl. His reason was that his hand was full as he had his own children to carter for and would not be able to do so if Ochanya joined. He therefore urged Ochanya to return to the village in Benue State. But Ochanya remained resolute to stay back in Abuja. This provoked Mr. Odan who resolved to beating the 13 year old Ochanya. But thanks to Linda, a woman from Cross River State who came to her rescue and decided to take care of the poor girl. The Good Samaritan Linda enrolled Ochanya back in primary school so she could complete her primary education. Linda’s daughter would take out time to educate Ochanya privately after school hours. Ochanya had stopped schooling since the age of seven when she lost her dad. She was in primary three at the time. Now at the age of thirteen, she had to skip primary four and five to resume primary six. This made the extra lesson very necessary.
After the primary education, Linda could not afford training Ochanya to secondary school level. The poor girl had to return to the village to face her fate. But the unrelenting girl refused to give up on her academic pursuit. She began to fetch water in the village to save for her education. From her savings, Ochanya enrolled herself in a private secondary school in the village. Assisted also by the proprietress of the school, Ochanya was able to completed her Junior Secondary School education after which she returned to Abuja to get a job to fend for herself.
“…I came back to Abuja to work. I found a job at Liberty Hotels in Kubuwa,” she recalled.
At Liberty Hotels where Ochanya started working, she met one Mr. Emmanuel, a police officer working in SARS department, a meeting that turned Ochanya’s life sour again.
“He [Mr. Emmanuel] told me I was too young to work in the hotel but I told him I needed money to go (return) to school, and that was why I came here to work.”
But Mr. Emmanuel who posed to be a Good Samaritan persuaded her to stop working at the hotel. She yielded. He introduced her to a cousin of his named Ogechi and asked Ochanya to stay with her. The next day, Mr. Emmanuel bought a new phone for Ochanya for easy communication. He had promised taking Ochanya to a school where she would continue her education. He did take her to a school within the MOPOL Barrack there but later took her to his house within the Barrack where he had a carnal knowledge of the poor girl. Unhappy about the turn of event, Ochanya reported the incidence to Ogechi who then unfolded the truth:
“She said I should forget about him, that he did not [really] want to send me to school; that he just wanted to sleep with me…” She said.
After some time, Ochanya noticed she had become pregnant as a result of the rape. She ran some pregnancy test that showed positive. She reported to her uncle who still turned her down. Ejected, Ochanya began sleeping on the street with her pregnancy. In the course of these, Ochanya met a girl called Amarachi who introduced her to a baby factory in Aba in Imo State. Arriving in Aba, Ochanya was incarcerated in a room for three months with only food and water. She was barred from stepping out of the room until she was due for delivery.
After delivery, Ochanya was locked up in another room within the hospital for two days. A female nurse then opened the door, came in and took the baby from her and asked her to wait. The nurse later returned with the sum of One Hundred and Twenty Thousand naira (N120,000), gave it to her and asked her to leave.
“They gave me N120,000 and asked me to go and start something with my life, that the baby would be fine; that I should forget about the baby.” She said.
On her return to the room where she was incarcerated earlier, Ochanya got a phone and called her uncle, Mr, Odan and narrated her ordeal. Uncle Odan advised her to return to Abuja and should not tamper with the money, that he would decide what action they would take when she returned. Naïve Ochanya was hopeful that her uncle would fight to help her regain the custody of her baby. But on returning to Abuja, against her expectation, Mr. Odan subjected her to brutal bartering and forcibly collected the money from her. Mr. Odan used the money to rent a new apartment where he moved in with his family. Ochanya was denied entry into the apartment as she returned to the street in search of survival at all cost.
It is eight months since the video went viral, yet it is still uncertain if any action has been taken to restore Ochanya and or rehabilitate her. Recent online comments show that the girl was seen on the street of Kubwa in Abuja dressed almost naked and begging arms. She is obviously suffering some mental damage.
Written by Oche Onu
Video Source: Odumeke O Wisdom
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BSU Student Found Dead Days After Missing
A 300-level student of Benue State University (BSU), Erekaa Naomi Dooshima, has been found dead few days after she was declared missing.
On Tuesday, Ukan Kurugh, the Benue activist, raised the alarm over the whereabouts of the student.
In a post on his verified Facebook page, Kurugh said her identity card, phone, and blood-stained clothes were found in Markudi, the state capital.
“Missing person: A girl by name Erekaa Naomi Dooshima with her Facebook user name “Affection Erikz” is missing, her clothes stained with blood, her phone, identity card were found around Rahama clinic opposite medical school Makurdi. She is a 300-level mass communication student at the Benue State University,” he wrote.
“If anybody has any useful information about her, please contact the nearest police station or the university authority for immediate action.”
In a follow-up post, the activist said the student had been found dead.
Kurugh said the lady’s corpse was found in a fenced land in Markudi and was exhumed by police operatives.
“The corpse of this young lady by name Erekaa Naomi Dooshima I made a post about her missing yesterday has been found in a fenced land behind Bolek Filling State after medical school and is currently been exhumed by men of the Nigeria Police Force Makurdi Benue state,” he added.
The state police spokesperson, Sewuese Anene confirmed the development.
Anene, however, said there is an ongoing investigation to get more details on the incident.
“Yes, we recovered a lady’s corpse yesterday (Wednesday). But I don’t have much details about her at the moment,” she said.
BENUE RESTRICTS COMMERCIAL MOTORCYCLISTS
The Benue State Security Council has restricted the operations of commercial motorcycles, also known as Okada in the state.
Henceforth, commercial motorcycle operators would only be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm everyday until further notice.
The security council took the decision at its emergency held on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Governor Ortom stated however that the earlier outright ban on the use of motorcycles in the Sankera geopolitical zone comprising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum still subsists.
He said the decision followed the recent security alarm raised by the Nasarawa State government and what is happening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and other parts of the country.
The Governor emphasized that the decision to restrict the activities of commercial motorcycles was aimed at nipping in the bud the resurgence of criminal elements suspected to be moving into the state.
The Governor stated that security agencies in the state have been mandated to enforce the new regulations, saying stiff penalties such as arrest and prosecution awaits anyone found flouting the order.
The security council also resolved that all heavy-duty vehicles coming into the state, with covered tarpaulins would be searched at designated checkpoints along routes in and out of the state with the contents thoroughly checked before being allowed to pass.
He also disclosed that the 500 personnel of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, which will be formally launched on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 to complement conventional security agencies in the state have been trained and kitted with an additional five hundred expected to begin training next week.
The Governor who said the Community Volunteer Guards would work with the traditional rulers and other security agencies in fighting crime expressed optimism that being members of the communities, it would be easier for them to fish out criminals.
Governor Ortom noted that the Security Council also approved a committee headed by the SSG, Professor Tony Ijohor to work towards regulating the activities of miners, which he said have been causing environmental hazards.
Other members of the committee include the Commissioner for Lands and Solid Minerals, Hon. Bernard Unenge, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Micheal Gusah and Adviser on Mining, Andrew Kputu as well as the chairmen and second class chiefs of Gboko, Kwande, Ogbadibo and Logo as members.
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August 3rd, 2022
67-Year-Old Man Attempts To Jump Into Lagos Lagoon After Losing Job
A 67-year-old man, Oluwatoye Bamgboye, decided to end it all on his 67th birthday by attempting to jump into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos.
He was however rescued by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command patrolling the axis on Tuesday afternoon.
Bamgboye, who hails from Oju-Ore in Ogun State, said he was frustrated and wanted to end it all having lost a job he newly secured.
He said he had secured the job only to be told that it had been given to someone else on the day he resumed.
Bamgboye, in a statement by the RRS, said a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car yet he couldn’t solve the problem.
He added that he obtained a loan but the problem still persisted.
“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else,” the statement added.
“Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process,” Bamgboye was quoted in the statement.
The police said he had been conveyed to the Adekunle Police Station, adding that efforts were in progress to contact his family members.
January 4, 2020 at 1:13 pm
The girl seems to be very unlucky right from the beginning.
January 5, 2020 at 11:45 pm
Ochonu Emmanuel Ochonu
January 6, 2020 at 5:23 am
I love the completeness of your story not the half truth we had in the past.
Moment of discovery
January 6, 2020 at 8:41 am
Thanks Ochonu. The end is not so good at all. Some even say she went into drugs. So sad.