…Senate commences investigation on alleged assault
…PDP states position
Senator Elisha Abbo of Adamawa State whose name went viral after a video of him assaulting a nursing mother was let loose, has been arrested by the Police on the orders of the Inspector General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
Adamu ordered the arrest of Senator Abbo on Wednesday, June 3, following the controversy surrounding Abbo’s alleged assault on a woman in a sex-toy shop in Abuja.
The alleged assault capturing the Senator in the act was recorded by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) camera installed in the shop and was shared on social media.
Senator Abbo who confirmed to be the man in the video had however averred that the incident happened few months after he emerged Senator-elect of Adamawa North senatorial district in May 11, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Senate had on Tuesday, July 2, inaugurated a 5-man committee to investigate the case.
The committee, headed by Senator Samuel Egwu, has Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Matthew Uroghide, Stella Oduah and Danladi Sankara as members.
The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Uba Sani, had expressed that the allegation on Abbo, if shoved aside, would paint the 9th Senate in bad light, adding that he had received several calls within and outside the country since the video went viral on the night of Monday, July 1.
Also supporting the motion was Senator Opeyemi Bamidele who said that the Senate must not apportion blame until the matter is investigated.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had equally maintained that the House will not tolerate any form of indiscipline, adding that he had also received lots of calls locally and internationally.
In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the act of Senator Elisha Abbo.
The PDP’s reaction through its Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, reads in part: “Our party is also shocked that the harmless victim of the unprovoked assault is said to be a nursing mother, who ought to be protected.
“Though this is a personal conduct of an individual which has no bearing with the culture of our party, the PDP however holds that no responsible person will condone such an attitude.
“In the light of this, the NWC has commenced investigation into the matter and summons Senator Elisha Abbo in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP and code of conduct of our members.
“In the same vein, the party has taken note of the immediate action taken by the Senate.
“The PDP, at all levels of engagement, is reputed for her utmost respect and commitment towards the rights, safety and wellbeing of our citizens, particularly our women and cannot tolerate any callous assault on any Nigerian.
“The PDP therefore assures Nigerians that it will always stand on the side of justice and will never spare a thought in taking action on any of its members found wanting, particularly those elected or appointed into public offices.”