The Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga, is to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a seven-count charge of r.a.p.e following his alleged assault of one Elizabeth Oyeniyi earlier this year.
Ms Oyeniyi had accused Mr Danga of brutalising her after he allegedly r.a.p.e.d her multiple times on March 29.
The 23-year-old, showing her severely blistered arms and thighs, told Premium Times she was targeted after posting a comment about the commissioner’s stepsister, who has been her friend for years, on Facebook.
According to Ms Oyeniyi, Mr Danga personally flogged her and said he could have killed her but for her young son who was with her.
She said the commissioner then stripped her while at least 15 men, who worked for him, watched. The suspected thugs also allegedly filmed her nude as she was being whipped and humiliated.
After the attack, Mr Danga drove her to a hotel close to the Kogi State House in Lokoja, the state capital, where he allegedly forcefully r.a.p.e.d her three times overnight, the victim claimed.
While Mr Danga denied the allegations, activists, rights groups, including Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, mounted pressure on the police for an investigation. The group also called on the Kogi State government to sanction Mr Danga. Afterwards, the state had promised to launch an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, five months after, the police have instituted a criminal case against the commissioner after inviting all parties involved.
According to the documents for service obtained by PT, Mr Danga was charged on seven counts, including r.a.p.e, brutality, coercion and torture at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Judicial Division.
He is to be arraigned alongside one Success Omadivi, 35, who was also indicted in the course of investigation.
The case filed on September 4 will be prosecuted by the police on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, PT reports.