Akinkunmi Amoo, a promising football star from Nigeria, is currently facing a challenging situation in Denmark as he strives to restore his reputation and salvage his career. Recently, he was convicted on three counts of rape and attempted rape, leading him to fight against this verdict and file an appeal with the assistance of his legal counsel.
The Copenhagen District Court, last Friday, found Mr. Amoo guilty of the aforementioned charges, marking the culmination of a case that has been ongoing for most of June. However, it is important to note that Danish news outlet Ekstra Bladet, respecting a media ban, refrained from mentioning his name while reporting on the matter.
Contrary to certain reports in the Nigerian media, the Danish tabloid confirmed that the young Nigerian player was not detained in custody, despite the prosecutor’s request. In the event that his appeal is unsuccessful, Mr. Amoo faces the possibility of serving a minimum of one year in prison.
Additionally, he will be banned from Denmark for six years, and he will be required to pay approximately DKK 100,000 (equivalent to around N11 million) in legal fees. Winning his appeal would spare him from significant distress.
The serious allegations against Mr. Amoo involve three women who provided similar testimonies. They claimed that they initially connected with him on social media, where he allegedly solicited sexually suggestive videos and photos. The prosecutors argue that Mr. Amoo took advantage of his position as a football player by offering the women’s football jerseys.
One of the women was initially in a relationship with Mr. Amoo and had traveled from Sweden to meet him. She accused him of rape but later withdrew the case when the police investigated. Months later, two other women came forward with accusations similar to those of his former girlfriend.
It is worth noting that the prosecutors’ arguments and others presented in court have faced criticism. Notably, the judges did not reach a unanimous decision on any of the three charges against Mr Amoo.
In the midst of this turmoil, his brother, Sunday, firmly maintains that the embattled football prodigy is innocent and a victim of blackmail. In a conversation with Adepoju Tobi, the former media officer for the Nigeria U-13 team, Amoo’s brother urged caution in spreading baseless narratives during the ongoing legal proceedings.
Sunday stated, “He was not imprisoned, placed under house arrest, or subjected to a travel ban. He is currently at home in Denmark, and the case is still ongoing in court.” He added, “The judgment was delivered last Friday, and his lawyer has filed an appeal. Due to the name ban in the Danish press, he cannot issue an official statement.”
He expressed disappointment with the Nigerian media, urging them to understand the verdict before tarnishing “the innocent boy’s image.” Sunday concluded by expressing appreciation for the support received and assuring that Akin is doing well. He emphasized that Akin is not in prison and is scheduled to train as usual once permitted by the court.
Undoubtedly, many who have witnessed Mr. Amoo’s exceptional talent, which propelled him from the Golden Eaglets to the Super Eagles, would be relieved to see him cleared of the rape charges.