Nigeria: Assault - Court Case Won't Stop Sen Abbo's Probe - Lawan

The Senate President Ahmad Lawan yesterday said the investigation by the police won't stop the ongoing probe of Senator Elisha Abbo (PDP, Adamawa) by the Senate over an allegation of assault.

Abbo was alleged to have assaulted a lady recently at a sex toy shop in Abuja. The video of the incident went viral on the social media weeks ago.

An ad-hoc committee chaired by Sen Sam Egwu was constituted on Wednesday 3rd July by the Senate to probe the matter. The two weeks given to the committee expired yesterday.

At plenary yesterday, Egwu requested that the probe be suspended pending the conclusion of the probe by the police and court.

"He (Sen Abbo) made it clear to us that he has been invited by the police and detained for 24 hours and thereafter charged to court. He said because the matter is already in court, it's subjudice and that he cannot go ahead to give further information," he said.

Egwu said the police and lawyer of the victim declined to speak on the matter on the ground that it was already in court.

Egwu said both the victim and the shop owner did not respond to the committee's invitation.

"Because it is already subjudice, we want to wait until the court has taken its decision on the matter," Egwu said.

Responding to Egwu's request, Lawan said: "No, no. Let me clarify this, the subjudice is not our concern here. We are not investigating criminal activities, we are investigating misconduct.

"The senate is not investigating what the police are investigating. The senator who raised a point of order came under privilege and privilege is about misconduct that would be attributed to everybody as a senator or the entire senate.

"So what you are asking for is an extension of time but we cannot go and sit until the police finish their investigation. We will give you an extension of time but we cannot stop our activities until police finishes its own case."

Following Lawan's objection, the committee was given an additional one week to submit its report.

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