Two leading human rights activists, Barrister Festus Keyamo and Mr. Deji Adeyanju have reacted to the unruly behavior exhibited by a serving lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo,who is representing Adamawa North Senatorial district.
While Keyamo said the police must immediately take these three steps, ‘arrest him no formal complaint is needed with the evidence on tape, obtain his statement (if he is willing to make one) and that of the victim and arraign him in court’.
Adeyanju on part has promised to submit a petition to the Inspector General of Police by 6am this morning.
He wrote on his twitter handle ‘Join me by 8am tomrrow morning at Force Headquarters as we submit a petition to the IG of @PoliceNG against PDP Senator Elisha Abbo for violent crimes against women at a intimacy gadget shop in Abuja’
It will be recalled that Abbo, who defeated the respected Senator Binta Garba, to emerge as the winner of the Adamawa North senatorial district, was seen assaulting the woman said to be a nursing mother in a video posted by Premium Times
The assault, which reportedly occurred on May 11, 2019, was done in the presence of an armed policeman who rather than assist the victim, arrested her.
Abbo, who is the youngest senator in the country, had entered the shop around 6pm on May 11, a Saturday. The senator walked in with three young women to purchase adult toys.
But shortly after they began shopping for the toys, one of the three girls brought in by Mr Abbo started throwing up. She vomited multiple times, prompting the shop owner to remark that the woman should have vomited outside and not inside her shop, especially since she was not a child.
Abbo, who was said to be agitated by the sudden illness of one of his girls, was said to have accused the shop owner of poisoning the store’s air conditioner.
The shop owner’s argument that if the air conditioner had been contaminated others in the shop would have also taken ill was said to have angered Abbo, and the two began exchanging words over the matter.
The senator was said to have called a policeman who he then ordered to arrest the shop owner.
The shop owner quickly called her father to inform him that Abbo had called the police over the matter and that she was about to be taken away.
The shop owner’s friend who had been standing nearby tried to intervene by pleading with the second man to take things easy but was slapped repeatedly by the lawmaker.
Meanwhile, the video has sparked outrage on social media.
On Twitter, the lawmaker is trending under #SenatorElishaAbbo.
ADeji Adeyanju will be leading a petition tomorrow.
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