NASS condemns senator for slapping nursing mum, Senate, IG order probe

By AdvocateNews on 04/07/2019

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered an investigation into the trending video of an assault of a nursing mother by Senator Elisha Abbo at a sex toy shop in Abuja on May 11,  this year.

The IG directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Bala Ciroma, to carry out a thorough probe into the alleged assault.

He also asked the CP to undertake “a forensic investigation of the video” which showed Abbo repeatedly slapping his victim over what appeared to be a minor disagreement while a police officer looked on.

The embattled senator is a Peoples Democratic Party member representing Adamawa North Senatorial District.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, confirmed to one of our correspondents on Wednesday that the investigation would highlight “the circumstances surrounding the assault.”

Asked if the errant lawmaker would be arrested, Mba said, “The lawmaker may be arrested in the course of the investigation, but arrest is not always the first thing during investigations.

“The IG assured Nigerians that the force would not only ensure that justice was done in the matter, but it would be manifestly done as the law is no respecter of status or rank.”

Also, the Senate on Wednesday, condemned Abbo’s action and set up a bi-partisan ad hoc committee headed by a former governor of Ebonyi State,  Sam Egwu, to probe the senator.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, constituted the panel following a point of order raised by the Senator representing Kaduna Central,  Uba Sani, on the  issue.

The Senate Leader,  Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader,  Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele,  supported Sani by condemning the action of the senator.

Lawan confirmed that he had been inundated with calls from Nigerians within and outside the country asking the Senate to explain what happened.

He said it would be unfair on either the senator or the assaulted lady if the Senate should pass judgment based only on the viral video.

He therefore asked the ad hoc committee to probe the issue critically by inviting both parties and submit its report within two weeks.

Other members of the panel are, senators Oluremi Tinubu, Mathew Urhoghide, Stella Oduah, Dauda Aliu Jika,  Sani Musa,  and Danladi Sankara.

In his point of order, Sani described the viral video and the alleged involvement of Abbo as a serious embarrassment to the Senate.

He said, “I saw it in the media that one of the distinguished senators here, in the person of Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North, was caught in a video which has gone viral, assaulting a lady. The action has gone a long way to tarnish the image of this distinguished Senate.

“I, therefore, call on this distinguished Senate to take a decisive action to redeem the image of this Senate.”


The embattled senator,  who moved the motion for the nomination of Senator Ali Ndume for the position of the Senate President during the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on June 11, was conspicuously absent at the red chamber on Wednesday.

Posted 04/07/2019 06:34:44 AM


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