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Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2019

Assault on woman: IG orders holistic probe of Senator Abbo

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…Lawmaker apologises

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam and Lateef Ibrahim

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered an investigation into a circulated video of an assault of a nursing mother by Senator Elisha Abbo at a sex toy shop in Abuja early 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 of 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 mild disagreement while a Police officer looked on.
Abbo, is a senator under the platform Of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), representing Adamawa North Senatorial District.
The police in a statement issued yesterday by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the investigation would highlight “the circumstances surrounding the assault.”
On whether 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.”
He added, “The IG assured that the Force would not only ensure that justice would not only be done in the matter, but it would be manifestly done, as the law is no respecter of status or rank.”
However, Senator Abbo has apologised to Nigerians, his constituency, the Senate and to the women folk for assaulting a nursing mother in a toy shop in Abuja.
Senator Abbo, at a press briefing at the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wadata House, Abuja on Wednesday, noted that his action had heated the polity, adding that his actions did not in any way represent his family upbringing.
He also asked for forgiveness from Bibra (the assaulted sales attendant) and her family and his church, stressing that the incident has taught him a great lesson.
The Senator further promised members of his constituency to be of good behaviour.

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