Abdulmumuni Danga, the Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, is to be arraigned by the Nigeria Police Force for allegedly assaulting and raping Elizabeth Oyeniyi, a beauty queen.
Danga is to be arraigned alongside one Success Omadivi on a seven-count bordering on rape, assault and forgery before a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory.
The commissioner was said to have allegedly assaulted Oyenyi after she complained in a Facebook post on 29 March about him not taking care of his sibling, who is her friend.
It was learnt that the commissioner did not appreciate the tone of the post and reportedly asked his boys to find the 23-year-old woman and deal with her.
The woman claimed that after she was beaten, the men ordered her to strip naked and apologise to the commissioner.
She alleged that Danga took her to a hotel and raped her.
The charges read in part: “That you, Abdulmumuni Danga, on March 29, 2020, in Lokoja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, had carnal knowledge of Elizabeth Oyeniyi without her consent, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(2)(3) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.
“That you, Abdulmumuni Danga, Success Omadavi, with other persons now at large, on March 29, 2020, at Lokoja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did falsify an audio recording purporting same to be a lady talking to another female, saying that Elizabeth Onyeniyi confessed to her that she was not raped by the defendant, Abdulmumuni Danga, but that it was Natasha that asked her to say she was raped; thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 7 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.”
Justifying the transfer of the matter to Abuja, one of the officers that investigated the matter at the Gender Unit of the Force Intelligence Bureau, Amaka Okoh, in an affidavit she signed and submitted to the court, stated that if the case was tried in Kogi State, there was a probability that Oyeniyi and other witnesses could be attacked by hoodlums who might want to scuttle the trial.
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