Senator representing Adamawa North district Elisha Ishaku Abbo has been accused of physically assaulting a woman at an adult toy shop in Abuja.
In a CCTV footage released by Premium Times, Abbo rained slaps on the woman who told him to “take it easy” as he had accused the shop attendant of insulting him. He said the shop owner called him a drunk.
A police officer was also at the scene but did nothing to stop Abbo. After assaulting her, Abbo told the officer and the other men with him to take the woman away.
The incident was said to have taken place on May 11, 2019, when Abbo was senator-elect, and a month before his inauguration.
The woman reported the case at the Maitama Area Command Headquarters on May 14th, but the police told the victim to go look for Abbo’s telephone number or they would not be able to do anything about it, Premium Times said.
The woman who was assaulted and the attendant have declined comment, saying they are scared of violent backlash from the senator. The woman’s lawyer has also declined comment.
Information from sources familiar with the story who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
They said Abbo arrived at the shop at 6pm on May 11 with 3 women to purchase adult toys and shortly after, one of the women began throwing up in the shop.
When the attendant raised concern over the incident, Abbo was said to have gotten angry and accused the shop owner of poisoning the store’s air conditioner.
As they altercation continued, Abbo began making some calls, asking some people how close they were.
Shortly after, an armed police officer walked in and Abbo, speaking Hausa, told the man that the woman had 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.
Abbo then asked the officer to take the shop owner away. The shop owner proceeded to call her father and Abbo then told her to end the call. The shop owner refused and another man came from behind to snatch the woman’s phone.
Later on, the shop owner’s friend, who was standing nearby, told Abbo to “take it easy”. That was when the senator proceed to hit her on the face and body repeatedly
The victim is said to be a nursing mother. She was taken to the hospital after the incident and was treated for eye inflammation and other injuries she sustained during the attack.
When contacted, the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma said he is yet to receive information on the matter, adding that he’ll like to receive the victim at his office urgently to seek a resolution to the matter.
Festus Keyamo, human rights lawyer, has called for the immediate arrest of Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north district, for assaulting a nursing mother. .
In a tweet on Tuesday, Keyamo said the case is “straightforward” and that there is enough evidence for prosecution.
“The case of Senator Abbo is straightforward. The Police Must IMMEDIATELY take three steps.
1) Arrest him (no formal complaint is needed with the evidence on tape.
2) Obtain his statement (if he is willing to make one and that of the victim.
3) Arraign him in court,” he tweeted.
Lauretta Onochie, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, also said Abbo must be prosecuted.
Serving Nigerian Senator Elisha Abbo assaults a female staff in an Adult toy shop with a Police officer watching.
What I dont understand is why Nigerians are calling on him to step down. How does stepping down help? We should be calling on d @PoliceNG to arrest and prosecute him.
Japheth Omojuwa, social and political commentator, described Abbo as a ” threat to humanity” and one who is capable of murder.
I just watched the video of Senator Elisha Abbo beating up a shop attendant. That Senator has the capacity for murder. He is a threat to humanity. His fellow senators must condemn that barbarian act, the ones that aren’t Barbarians themselves. He should be made to pay for that!
Kayode Ogundamisi, a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, also did a mocking biodata on the senator.
Name: Elisha Abbo
Daytime Job: Nigerian Lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, under the platform of @OfficialPDPNig
Hobby; Visiting Sex Shops.
Achievement: Youngest Nigerian Senator.
Known For? : Beating Women up.