Yesterday the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) condemned Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr. Abdumumuni Danga, for alleged battering and rape of a beauty queen, Elizabeth Oyeniyi.
NMA, the largest medical organization in West Africa, has charged all relevant law enforcement agencies in the state with conducting comprehensive investigations into the accusation and ensuring justice is done.
Dr. Godwin Tijani, the chairman of the NMA National Committee on Gender Abuse, made the call yesterday in a statement that he released in Lokoja.
Tijani condemned the alleged battering and rape of Oyeniyi in its entirety, describing it as a gross breach of gender and abuse of power by officials of the privileged government.
He said: “The NMA condemns in a strong term the alleged human right abuse, assault and rape of Elizabeth Oyeniyi by Kogi Commissioner for Water Resources. Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights.
‘’Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects the victim’s general well-being and prevents such women from fully participating in society.
‘’Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large,’’ Tijani said.
Therefore, he called on the relevant law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations and ensure justice is done, while commending Kogi Government to order accelerated investigation into the allegations.
He also commended the alliance of civil society organizations in the field of human rights for the timely action to support the claimant for justice
He reaffirmed the dedication of NMA to collaborate with governments, civil society groups and other institutions in promoting ending violence against women and girls.
He added that the collaboration will raise awareness about the causes and effects of violence, and build partners 'capacity to prevent and respond to violence.
Oyeniyi, a 23-year-old beauty queen, had accused Danga of not taking care of his niece, who was her friend before the alleged attack, in Facebook post.
She said, “I left Abuja for Okene to stay with my friend because of the spread of the COVID-19. On getting there, she explained to me that the commissioner, who is her stepbrother, had not been taking care of her.
“I saw a post made by a local comedian showing the commissioner distributing foodstuffs to people and I made a post that charity should begin at home and that the commissioner should take care of his household before taking care of outsiders.
It was learned that the commissioner's position did not go down well. Danga reportedly directed his boys to search out Oyeniyi and beat her up.
The victim alleged she was told to strip naked and then apologize to the commissioner, claiming she was taken to a hotel by the commissioner and raped.
The victim had also recounted her plight on a viral video to the Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, saying the commissioner had kidnapped her and battered her for urging him to be accountable to his family.
The state governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello, had then ordered an accelerated investigation into the commissioner's suspected battering of the beauty queen.