Court frees Senator Elisha Abbo of assault charges

Court frees Senator Elisha Abbo of assault charges

- A Magistrate Court in Abuja has thrown out the police's charges against Senator Abbo in the assault case against a lady in 2019

- The court ruled that the police did not do due diligence to the prosecution of the case and they failed to prove that the senator really carried out the assault despite the viral video

- Although the victim gave her testimony, the presiding magistrate held that the police should have done more to prove the case

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Senator Elisha Abbo has been freed of assault charges brought against him by the Nigeria Police Force after a video of him repeatedly slapping a lady went viral in 2019.

Channels TV reports that a Magistrate Court sitting in Zuba on the outskirts of the federal capital, Abuja dismissed the case on the grounds of lacking diligent prosecution by the police.

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The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah upheld a no-case submission filed by Senator Abbo because the police failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the lawmaker indeed assaulted the lady identified as Osimibibra Warmate on May 11, 2019.

During the trial, two witnesses testified against Senator Abbo. The first was the victim Warmate and the second a police officer, ASP Mary Daniel, who investigated the incident.

Court frees Senator Elisha Abbo of assault charges

The court said the police failed to prove beyond doubt that Senator Elisha Abbo committed the assault against Warmate. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

Giving her testimony, Warmate said the assault occurred when she visited a friend, Kemi at Pleasure Chest S*x Toy Shop, Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja on May 11, 2019.

Two men, one of whom was a policeman in uniform, barged into the shop, assaulted them on the orders of Senator Elisha Abbo.

Abbo had earlier accused Warmate of fouling up the shop's air conditioning leading to one of the women in his company when he visited vomiting and fainting.

The senator representing Adamawa north senatorial district had apologised to Nigerians, his party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and women in general for physically assaulting a lady.

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He made the apology at a press conference at the PDP headquarters in Abuja on July 3, 2019.

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The senator, with teary eyes at the briefing as seen in the press conference video (between 2 mins 30 secs and 2 mins 50 secs), asked for forgiveness.

Despite issuing a public statement apologising for his conduct, five days later, Senator Abbo pleaded not guilty to assault charges when he was arraigned by the Nigerian police at the Zuba Magistrate Court on July 8.

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