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Rape mess: Bello’s Commissioner, Abdulmuminu charged in Court

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The Nigeria Police has charged Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga to court over his alleged rape of one Miss Elizabeth Oyeniyi in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The embattled Commissioner who is currently serving in Yahaya Bello’s cabinet was charged in a Federal High Court in Abuja where a -7 point criminal cases were preferred against him.

The charge bothers on rape, brutality, battery and others.

The Police prosecutor, ACP Asuquo who signed the charge sheet said that the Police would prosecute the accused on behalf of the Federal Government, adding that he was being prosecuted alongside one Success Omadivi, 35.

Details of the charges showed that offences leveled against Danga include falsification of documents and threatening of a medical officer to forge test result, having carnal knowledge of Ms Onyeniyi without her consent, inflicting physical injury and torture by flogging.

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All the offences are contrary to multiple sections of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.

The charge sheet read in parts:
“That you Abdulmumuni Danga ‘M’ with other persons now at large; on or about the 29th day of March, 2020 at Lokoja; within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did falsify an audio recording purporting same to be the audio of Dr Chinonyerem Welle, Medical Director, Police Hospital, Area 1, Garki, Abuja saying that she issued medical report for the rape and assault of Elizabeth Onyeniyi ‘F’ unlawfully; and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 7 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.

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“That you Abdulmumuni Danga ‘M’, Success Omadavi ‘F’ with other persons now at large; on or about the 29th day of March, 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 ‘F’ confessed to her that she was not raped by the defendant, Abdulmumuni Danga ‘M’ but that it was Natasha that asked her to say she was raped; and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 7 of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015”.

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On reasons for the prosecution of Danga in Abuja, the Police Officer who conducted the investigation, Amaka Okoh, said it would shield the victim and witnesses away from victimization.

She deposed an affidavit stating that there were security concerns in Kogi State, hence, the trial should be held in the Federal High Court in Abuja.

CAPITAL POST has earlier reported that Elizabeth Oyeniyi alledgedly said she was raped severally by Abdulmumuni Danga on March 29.

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