‘It was a simple assault’ -Senator Elisha Abbo, begs court to reduce the N50m he was asked to pay for beating a lady

Senator Elisha Abbo popularly known as slapping senator has begged the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court who asked him to pay N50m as damages to a lady he assaulted physically at a sextoy shop in 2019.

Kemi Filani recalls that the court gave the order on September 28, following a fundamental rights suit filed by Warmate.

In the appeal filed today , October 8, 2020, Abbo stated that the case was a simple assault, and the N50million award was excessive.

The senator had earlier tendered an apology to the woman, days after the assault but non was approved.

He mentioned that regardless of the provocation, his action did not portray him a good ambassador of the Senate, the PDP and the youths of Nigeria.

In his words;

“It is with a deep sense of remorse and responsibility that I, Senator Ishaku Abbo profoundly apologize to all Nigerians, the Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party, my family as well as our mothers- the Nigerian women. “I personally apologize to Babra (the lady he reportedly assaulted) and her family for my action which has brought immense discomfort to our body polity.”

“l have never been known or associated with such actions in the past. Regardless of what transpired prior to my expression of anger, I am sincerely sorry and plead that all men and women of good conscience should have the heart to forgive me. To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

“To the Church of God everywhere in the world, I am sorry. As an Ambassador of Christ, much is expected of me. My family and religious upbringing do not give approval to such conduct and for this, as a leader, I seek forgiveness before God and all those who feel offended by my action. “

“Indeed, this episode has taught me a very great lesson both as a private citizen and a public officer particularly as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon whom public confidence is reposed.”

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