Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Groups, Women Rights Organization have called on Kogi State government to immediately suspend Mr. Abdulmumuni Danga as a Commissioner until the investigation is completed, stressing that this will enable a level playing ground for investigation.
This was contained in the resolutions jointly signed by the Women Rights Organisations ActionAid, Nigeria Education As A Vaccine, Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, Sterling Centre for Law & Development and DiniDari Foundation copy of which was made available to Western Post in Lokoja on Friday.
The Spokesperson of the groups, Dorothy Njemauze stated that the perpetrator and accomplices of the assault on Elizabeth must be identified and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
She explained that the life and full protection of the survivor, her family and other persons involved in the case, including their property should be guaranteed by the State government.
“While we count on Your Excellency to do the proper thing in the circumstances, we will continue to monitor the case and ensure that the survivor gets the assistance and support she needs at this time.
“As women’s rights organizations, we are keen on seeing this case to a conclusive end, for the violation of the right of any woman is a violation of the rights of all women which must attract consequences. We are watching keenly as this opportunity to get justice for the Nigerian woman is too important to miss.
“We are dismayed by the recent news of alleged physical and psychological violence perpetrated by the Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga, against Elizabeth for criticizing him on Social Media.
“This is especially appalling because the accused commissioner allegedly abducted her, physically assaulted her, stripped her naked and took a video recording of her with the threat that the video would be released if she speaks about the incident.
“As if that was not enough, her phone was destroyed to avoid documentation of evidence, and she was forced to retract her statement and apologize under duress. This is the height of abuse of power and outright violation of rights.
“If left unaddressed, such heinous act by power holders against women will increase thereby leaving women and girls more vulnerable than ever.
“We are sure that his Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, is against the abuse of power in office, and an ardent advocate of the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens, thus, he will not allow this matter be swept under the carpet.”
“The lady in question has had to flee for her life and deserves protection pending the outcome of investigations. She and her family are being threatened, they have been receiving incessant threatening calls. She is also currently undergoing medical procedures because of the extent of her injuries.
“It is important to also bring to your attention that the same Mr. Danga has also been accused of assaulting another woman and her children a week before this current incident is alleged to have taken place, tearing her clothes, spraying pepper spray on her and her kids. This situation cannot go unaddressed,” they posited.