A coalition of Nigerian women Rights groups have called for the immediate suspension of Abdulmumuni Ganga the Commissioner if water resources in Kogi state who brutalized a girl who asked him for assistance on Facebook READ THE STORY HERE .
In a release signed by Dorothy Njemanze on behalf of the women rights group , Dorathy while expressing her disappointment over the attitude of the commissioner said
“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”. She noted.
Read the full release below.
RIGHTS VIOLATION; WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS LED BY DOROTHY NJEMANZE FOUNDATION CALL FOR THE SUSPENSION OF KOGI STATE COMMISSIONER FOR WATER RESOURCES
We, the undersigned organizations, appreciate the prompt response of Your Excellency to the pictures and video in circulation showing assault of Miss Elizabeth Oyeniyi in which she alleged that Abdulmumuni Danga, the Commissioner for Water Resources in Kogi State assaulted her on the 29th of March 2020.
We welcome the press statement expressing zero tolerance of the Kogi State government to sexual assault and violence. We are also glad to hear that the incidents will be investigated by the appropriate authorities. The allegations against the Commissioner are weighty and of such nature that when confirmed will be damning of the perpetrator, and so we call on your administration to ensure these allegations are thoroughly investigated by an impartial body to ensure justice is served.
Speaking in Abuja, the Women’s Rights Activists led by Dorothy Njemanze of Dorothy Njemanze Foundation with support from Action Aid Nigeria and Global Affairs Canada said: “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.
We are calling on the Kogi state government to demonstrate its commitment to addressing gender-based violence and redeem itself now by:
1. Immediately suspending Mr. Danga as a Commissioner until the investigation is completed, this will enable a level playing ground for investigation.
2. The perpetrator and accomplices of the assault on Elizabeth are identified and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
3. The life and full protection of the survivor, her family and other persons involved in the case, including their property is guaranteed.
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.
1. ActionAid Nigeria
2. Education As A Vaccine
3. Dorothy Njemanze Foundation
4. Sterling Centre for Law & Development.
5. DiniDari Foundation
The lady was not just beaten , she was also forced to make a video of apology and contents covering her nudes taken, all in a bid to shut her up.
This is sad! Stop Abuse against Women!