The Senate on Wednesday set up an Ad-hoc Committee chaired by Senator Samuel Egwu to investigate the alleged assault by the Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial district, Elisha Abbo of a nursing mother at a sex-toy shop.
This followed a motion sponsored by the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Senator Uba Sani, who through order 14, explained that the video would bring the 9th Senate into public opium if the allegation was not investigated.
He disclosed that he received 111 calls from Nigeria and outside Nigeria over the video, noting that the Senate must take action to save its reputation.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, yesterday night, there was a viral video involving Senator Elisha Abbo assaulting a nursing mother at a sex-toy shop.
“Between yesterday night and this morning, I received about 111 calls internationally and locally over the issue and this Senate must take action to save its name,” Sani said.
Contributing, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele urged the Senate not to be sensational, citing sections 33, 34, 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
He said both parties have right to fair hearing at the appropriate forum, adding that justice must be seen to have been done.
Citing rule 56, Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe said, Senate must not apportion blame until the matter is investigated.
“Rule 56 of our books like I said yesterday that we are 109 privileges Senators and so we cannot apportion guilt or take decision. Let’s suspend judgement until the matter is investigated.”
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan explained that he also received lots of calls locally and internationally, noting that the Senate will not condone indiscipline.
He assured that Justice would be done, while he encouraged the alleged victim to provide more proofs, if there are, while he set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the matter.
The membership of the committee includes: Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Matthew Uroghide, Stella Oduah, and Danladi Sankara.
Newsworth recalls that a video had gone viral on Tuesday showing Abbo hitting a woman, sparking outrage on social media. At 41, Abbo is the youngest senator in the chambers.
Though the video surfaced online on Tuesday, the incident was said to have occurred on May 11, a month before he was sworn in.
The lawmaker had visited the shop on that fateful day in the company of three young women to purchase adult toys.
The lawmaker representing Adamawa-North senatorial district, and a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Elisha Abbo Elisha Abbo, descended on the woman after she pleaded with him not to physically assault the shopowner whom the senator had accused of insulting him. He said the shopowner called him a drunk.
Premium Times had reported that Abbo entered the shop at about 6pm on May 11, a Saturday, with three young women to purchase adult toys.
But shortly after they began shopping for the toys, one of the three girls brought in by Abbo started throwing up.
She vomited multiple times, prompting the shop owner to remark that the woman should have vomited outside and not inside her shop, especially since she was not a child.
Abbo, who was said to be agitated by the sudden illness of one of his girls, was said to have accused the shop owner of poisoning the store’s air conditioner.
The shopowner’s argument that if the air conditioner had been contaminated others in the shop would have also taken ill further angered Abbo, and the two began exchanging words over the matter.
In the first five minutes of the 10-minute video, Abbo is seen sitting on a yellow power generator near the entrance of the shop.
He could be heard within this time making calls and asking some people where they were and how close they were.
Just before the first-half of the video, an armed police officer walked in.
Abbo explained to the officer in Hausa that the woman insulted him and that he had called the Assistant Inspector-General, AIG, over the matter, who then assured him that he would call the police commissioner to call the Maitama Area Command.
He also said he was disappointed in the shop owner, with whom he said he had been friends for five years.
Abbo said the police officer should take the shop owner away.
The shop owner quickly called her father to inform him that the politician had called the police over the matter and that she was about to be taken away.
Abbo asked the shop owner to stop the call because he was talking to her, a demand the woman refused to accede to.
Another man could be seen coming from behind the police officer to snatch the shop owner’s phone from her.
Next, the shopowner’s friend who had been standing nearby tried to intervene by pleading with the second man to take things easy.
“Oga, please take it easy now,” she said.
Abbo switfly descended on the shopowner’s friend, saying she was “very stupid” and slapping her repeatedly, including directly on the eyes.
The senator then demanded that the two women should be taken to the police station.
He repeatedly told the shop owner that he was disappointed in her for calling him a drunk, and that he would have harmed her more and closed down the shop but for their friendship