Governor Yahaya Bello okays probe of commissioner for alleged sexual assault

By Amara Christa

Governor Bello of Kogi state has ordered investigations into the allegations of battery levelled against his commissioner for water resources, Abdumumuni Danga – A young lady named Oyeniyi accused Danga of beating and raping her in Lokojo for “criticising” him on social media – Governor Bello expressed shock at the development and vowed that the commissioner and anyone found culpable will be brought to book if the allegations are proven The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has reportedly ordered a detailed investigation into the alleged battery and rape of Elizabeth Oyeniyi by the state’s commissioner for water resources, Abdumumuni Danga.

Tataafo.com reports that the governor gave the order in a statement issued on Thursday, April 2, by the commissioner of information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo.

Tataafo.com gathers that the statement indicates that Governor Bello expressed shock over the ugly development.

Governor Yahaya Bello has ordered the probe of his commissioner for water resources over alleged sexual assault Source: Twitter

“Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, who is an avowed advocate of the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens, especially within the boundaries of our dear state, is shocked by these accusations,” the statement party reads.

Fanwo said the Bello-led Kogi state government is committed to the protection of everybody in the state and will not tolerate violence against women or children under any form or guise. He said that Governor Bello will ensure the commissioner and anyone found culpable is punished accordingly if the allegations are proven. The allegedly assaulted woman speaks Ms Oyeniyi, described as Kogi beauty queen, told Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, that the commissioner abducted and battered her for advising him to be responsible to his family members. According to Oyeniyi, when she saw a photo of the commissioner distributing relief materials for COVID-19, she makes a post on social media asking him to help his (commissioner) sister who happened to be her friend, with the reference ‘charity begins at home’. She claimed that she was subsequently abducted by some thugs on the order of the commissioner and was taken from Okene to Lokoja, alongside his sister.

Oyeniyi claimed she and the sister were personally flogged by the commissioner. “He tore my clothes and made a video of my naked body, which he threatened to circulate while he kept me in his Lokoja residence asking me to make another post apologising and countering my first post where I told him to assist his sister. “He did not release me that day. In the night, he made sexual advances at me. And I allowed him to have sex with me because of fear. He only took me back to Okene the second day because they had an assignment in Okene,” Oyeniyi alleged. She demanded that justice be served on the commissioner, adding that she is living in fear of another possible from him.

The speculations were fuelled on social media with a viral photo showing Governor Bello exchanging a handshake with Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff who has tested positive for the virus. There have been several claims that the Kogi state governor met with Kyari after the latter returned from Germany, a high-risk country for COVID-19. However, in a video shared by The Cable, Governor Bello said those wishing that he contact the disease would be infected with HIV/Aids. Also, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, Kogi state government on Monday, March 23, joined its counterpart in Lagos and Ekiti states in directing civil servants to stay away from work for the next two weeks. The state’s commissioner for information and communication in a statement said the directive which takes effect on Monday only affects workers from grade level 1 to 13 which constitutes 70% of Kogi state’s workforce.

However, workers not included in the directive are emergency and essential services such as healthcare and fire services.

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