From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has ordered accelerated investigation into the alleged battering of a beauty queen, Elizabeth Oyeniyi in the state by the Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdumumini Danga.
The commissioner was said to have battered the beauty queen last week in Lokoja for posting a message, urging the commissioner to lend a helping hand to his sister who happens to be a friend to the beauty queen.
The message was said to have angered the commissioner who ordered her arrest and taken to Commissioners quarter in Lokoja where she was allegedly battered and raped till the next day .
A statement issued on Thursday by the state Information Commissioner, Kingsley Fanwo said that the governor was shocked on hearing the news and subsequently ordered a full scale investigation into the matter.
“The governor hereby assures both accuser and accused, as well as the general public, that the whole truth will be uncovered and justice served as appropriate.” Fanwo stated.
The statement reads;
“The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to the allegations of assault, battery and other serious crimes levied against Abdumumini Danga who is a serving Commissioner in Kogi State.
It is alleged that he is involved in the alleged abduction and assault of a woman which allegedly occurred in Lokoja recently.”
“His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, who is an avowed advocate of the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens, and especially within the boundaries of our dear State is shocked by these accusations.
The Kogi State Government reaffirms its unalloyed commitment to the protection of everyone from all forms of oppression, and will not tolerate violence against women or children under any form or guise.
We give our word that if these allegations are proven, everyone found culpable will be brought to justice.
We urge our people to continue observing the protocols of prevention and safety relating to the CoviD-19 outbreak and reiterate our commitment to keeping our state free of the disease.”