- A politician in Kogi state Abdulmumuni Danga has been charged with rape by the police
- The Kogi commissioner was accused of allegedly raping a lady in Lokoja, the state capital
- Danga is facing a seven-count charge bordering on rape, brutality, coercion, and torture
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Abdulmumuni Danga, the Kogi state commissioner for water resources, has been charged to court by the Nigerian Police in Abuja for alleged rape.
According to The Nation, the police force filed a seven-count criminal charge against the embattled commissioner at a Federal High Court in the Abuja Judicial Division.
Danga has been accused of raping and brutalizing a lady identified as Elizabeth Oyeniyi in Lokoja, Kogi state.
The information was contained in a charge sheet signed by ACP Effiong, the state prosecutor, Asuquo, and filed on Friday, September 4.
Danga would be prosecuted by the police on behalf of the federal government and arraigned alongside one 35-year-old Success Omadivi at the high court.
The offenses including falsification of documents, threatening a medical officer, rape, inflicting physical injury, and torture by flogging were leveled against the commissioner. These offences are said to be contrary to multiple sections of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.
The police officer who conducted the investigation, Amaka Okoh, explained why the case was transferred to Abuja.
According to her, it is very likely that the politician would try to victimise the lady and other witnesses if the case is prosecuted in Lokoja or any other palce in Kogi state.
In a related development, the Nigerian upper legislative body has responded to the alarming rate of all forms of human abuse in the country majorly occasioned by sexual assault with a very stern decision.
The Senate on Tuesday, July 14, prescribed life imprisonment for anyone who is found guilty for the offence of defilement.
The red chamber also removed gender restrictions formerly associated with the crime on the ground that anyone can be a victim of it.
The bill which also seeks to increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, was sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central).
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