Kogi commissioner to be arraigned for rape, torture, coercion
The Kogi State Commissioner for Water Sources, Abdulmumuni Danga, is to look earlier than the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on a seven-count cost of rape following his alleged assault of 1 Elizabeth Oyeniyi earlier this 12 months.
This newspaper reported how Ms Oyeniyi accused Mr Danga of brutalising her after he allegedly raped her a number of instances on March 29.
The 23-year-old, exhibiting her severely blistered arms and thighs, informed Newsmen she was focused after posting a remark in regards to the commissioner’s stepsister, who has been her pal for years, on Fb.
In an interview she granted shortly after the incident, Ms Oyeniyi informed this newspaper that Mr Danga personally flogged her and mentioned he might have killed her however for her younger son who was together with her.
She mentioned the commissioner then stripped her whereas no less than 15 males, who labored for him, watched. The suspected thugs additionally allegedly filmed her nude as she was being whipped and humiliated.
After the assault, Mr Danga drove her to a resort near the Kogi State Home in Lokoja, the state capital, the place he allegedly forcefully raped her 3 times in a single day, the sufferer claimed.
Whereas Mr Danga denied the allegations, activists, rights teams, together with Dorothy Njemanze Basis, mounted strain on the police for an investigation. The group additionally known as on the Kogi State authorities to sanction Mr Danga. Afterwards, the state had promised to launch an investigation into the matter.
In the meantime, 5 months after, the police have instituted a legal case in opposition to the ckmmissioner after inviting all events concerned.
Data obtained by this paper confirmed that Mr Danga appeared within the police headquarters in Abuja on June 2 and July 5 for interrogation. He made statements on the 2 visits.
Based on the paperwork for service obtained by this paper, Mr Danga was charged on seven counts, together with rape, brutality, coercion and torture on the Excessive Court docket of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Judicial Division.
He’s to be arraigned alongside one Success Omadivi, 35, who was additionally indicted in the midst of investigation.
The case filed on September 4 might be prosecuted by the police on behalf of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria, this paper learnt.
The offences leveled in opposition to Mr Danga embrace falsification of paperwork and threatening medical officer to forge check end result, having carnal information of Ms Onyeniyi with out her consent, inflicting bodily damage and torture by flogging.
All are opposite to a number of sections of the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act, 2015.
“That you simply ABDULMUMI_JNI DANGA ‘M’ with different individuals now at massive; on or in regards to the twenty ninth day of March, 2020 at Lokoja; inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket did falsify an audio recording purporting similar to be the audio of Dr. Chinonyerem Welle, Medical Director, Police Hospital, Space 1, Garki, Abuja saying that she issued medical report for the rape and assault of Elizabeth Onyeniyi ‘F’ unlawfully; and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 7 of the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act, 2015.
“That you simply ABDULMUMINI DANGA ‘M’, SUCCESS OMADIVI ‘F’ with different individuals now at massive; on or in regards to the twenty ninth day of March, 2020 at Lokoja; inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket did falsify an audio recording purporting similar to be a girl speaking to a different feminine saying that Elizabeth Onyeniyi ‘F’ confessed to her that she was not raped by the Defendant, ABDULMUMINI DANGA ‘M’ however that it was Natasha that requested her to say she was raped; and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 7 Of the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act, 2015, ” the cost sheet learn in elements.
Justifying the switch of the case to Abuja, the police officer who performed the investigation, Amaka Okoh, said that if the case is tried in Lokoja or anyplace in Kogi State, there’s a sturdy probability Ms Oyeniyi and different witnesses could also be victimised by Mr Danga, who’s a politician.
“That in view of the above safety concern, is fascinating that this matter be tried within the Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court docket, Abuja,” Mrs Okoh mentioned in an affidavit she signed and submitted to the courtroom.