- Senator assault woman for allegedly calling him a drunk.
- Senate set up committe to probe incident.
The Senate has set up a bi-partisan ad-hoc committee headed by a former governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, to probe the alleged assault on a nursing mother by the lawmaker representing Adamawa North senatorial district, Senator Elisha Abbo.
A video which had gone viral showed the lawmaker, who got elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) assaulting the woman at a sex toy shop sometimes in May this year.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan constituted the panel following a point of order raised by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani.
The 41-year-old senator came with a police officer to arrest a worker in the shop alleging that she ‘insulted him‘ calling him a drunk.
To this, a woman present told him to calm down. He immediately descended on her.
The motion was supported by the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, by condemning the alleged action of the Senator.
Senator Lawan who stated that he had been inundated with calls from concerns Nigerians within and outside the country asking the Senate to explain what happened said it would be unfair on either the Senator or the assaulted lady if the Senate should pass a judgment immediately based on the viral video clip on the social media.
He, therefore, asked the ad-hoc committee to probe the issue critically by inviting both parties and submit its report within two weeks.
Other members of the panel raised over the matter include Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Mathew Urhoghide, Stella Oduah, Dauda Aliu Jika, Sani Musa, and Danladi Sankara.