OrderPaperToday – The Senate has empaneled a seven-member ad-hoc committee to investigate the assault incident by Senator Elisha Abbo.
On Tuesday, a video released by PREMIUM TIMES reported how Senator Abbo was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.
Abbo, representing Adamawa North, in his defence responded that the incident occurred in March before he was sworn in as a Senator.
Meanwhile, Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna) raised the matter in the chamber on Wednesday which led to a decision to investigate the matter.
Sani said: “That has gone a long way in tarnishing the image and credibility of this senate. As a member of this senate, my own credibility is at stake.
“Some of us have spent most of our lives defending and fighting for the rights of less privileged and most especially, the youth and women. I therefore call on this senate to take a decisive action to redeem the image of this senate.”
Lending his contribution, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele described the report as “an extremely tragic news but we cannot afford to be sensational about it.”
He enjoined his colleagues to deliberate on the issue so that “Nigerians must also be able to see us as people who are willing and ready to lead by example. Much as we must ensure that our colleague suffer for what he did not do assuming without considering that he didn’t do this.”
Bamidele cited violation of sections 33, 34 and 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which provides respectively for the right to life, right to dignity of human person and right to personal liberty.
He added: “I believe there is a need for the senate to set up and ad hoc committee to thoroughly investigate this issue and give each side a fair hearing so that to the public and our own conscience, we would be able to ensure that justice is not just dispensed but that it is done transparently.”
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) equally corroborated his colleagues, urging them to suspend judgement till an investigation takes place.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan indicated that the incident “remains an allegation and until we investigate and find out what happened… both parties will have a fair hearing.”
According to him, the chamber “cannot condone any act of violence by anyone” however “we must ensure that justice prevails.”
Based on this, a committee was set which is chaired by Sam Egwu while the members are Senators: Oluremi Tinubu, Matthew Uroghide, Stella Oduah, Dauda Haliru, Danladi Sankara and Mohammed Sani.
Lawan told the committee to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks.