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Police to arraign Senator Elisha Abbo over assault

The Nigeria Police Force will arraign Senator Elisha Abbo (PDP-Adamawa North) this week for assault after a nursing mother fell victim at a sex toy shop.

Recall that Kemi Filani News reported that Abbo, Nigeria’s youngest Senator, was caught on Closed-circuit television, CCTV, beating up a woman following a brief argument.

The viral video went on to generate outrage among Nigerians forcing activists to march down to the Force Headquarters, National Assembly to demand Abbo’s prosecution for assault.

However, Senator Abbo later apologized for his misconduct and promised not to behave in such a manner again.

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command interrogated the lawmaker on Thursday and subsequently detained him for 24 hours.

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The senator was on Friday released on bail and was directed to return for further questioning this week.

According to The Punch, the Police had planned to arraign Abbo on Friday but shelved the move due to the inability of the investigators to obtain the original footage of the assault from the Closed Circuit Television camera which captured the incident.

A police source said: “Our preliminary investigation has indicted the senator and the plan was to arraign him on Friday for assault but the detectives were not able to obtain the original video from the CCTV which we needed to vet to ensure that it had not been manipulated. So, the arraignment would hold this week.”

He added, “We don’t want to sacrifice diligent investigation on the altar of speed. Rather, we want to strike a balance between the need to charge him to court timeously and the need to do the right thing.

“When you are investigating a case involving a high calibre person, you have to be sure you have a watertight case, because the accused would hire the best lawyers who could exploit every technicality and loophole to get their client off the hook.”

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