Police speaks on release of Kogi Commissioner accused of Rape, Assault

The Nigeria Police Force has debunked reports that the Commissioner for Water Resources in Kogi State, Abdumumini Danga, was released after interrogation over allegation of battering and raping a beauty queen, Elizabeth Oyeniyi.

The spokesperson for Police headquarters Abuja, Frank Mba, debunked the reports that the commissioner was released on Tuesday due to pressure from the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello.

A report making round has it that Danga was arrested and interrogated at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja, on Tuesday, and was subsequently released on bail.

Elizabeth Oyeniyi took to her her on Facebook page on March 29, 2020 to accuse Danga of assault and rape.

The rape allegedly occurred after Oyeniyi took to Facebook to ask the commissioner to extend help to his family whom she claimed are suffering after the commissioner abandoned them.

Report revealed that Danga was not pleased with the Facebook post and ordered his boys to look for Oyeniyi and beat her up.

The lady noted that after she was attacked by the boys sent by the commissioner, she was forced to strip naked and apologise to the commissioner.

Sahara Reporters reported on Tuesday that the commissioner was released after Bello allegedly pressurised the police to release him.

Mba, while speaking on the development noted that Danga was interrogated extensively and granted bail, on Wednesday.

He added that investigation into the matter was ongoing and that further police action would be determined by the outcome of the investigation.

He said, “The commissioner was with us yesterday (Tuesday) and he was extensively interrogated and his statement was duly obtained under caution.”

“The interrogation lasted nearly five hours and he was subsequently granted bail; the investigation is still ongoing; it is an active investigation.”

Speaking on the claim that the commissioner was released because of pressure from the governor, Mba said, “That is purely speculative and I do not want to speak on speculation. The police are conducting an investigation and the police action will not be determined by any primordial sentiment, but will be determined by the outcome of our findings.”

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