Senator Elisha Abbo who is in the eye of a storm for attacking and beating up a woman who tried to prevent him and others with him from assaulting another woman has reacted to the scandal, confirming that he is indeed the man in the video.
The assault, which was first reported by Premium Times, has sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution and urging the Senate to also discipline him.
According to Channels Television, the Senator stated that he would release an official statement in reaction to the assault video.
“We will be releasing statement maybe tomorrow afternoon,” he said, adding that the incident happened before he became a Senator.
Beyond that, the Senator according to the report, claimed that the roughly 10-minute video was incomplete, claiming he was at the shop because his sister had been assaulted there and that part was left out.
“We will soon release an official statement to the viral video which happened before I became a senator where my younger sister was beaten to a pulp in a shop and I was called upon there; where I had to call an ambulance and a police to come to the scene and it got out of hand I was also assaulted.
“It is an old video, but we will soon release a statement to that effect.
“It was my sister that was at the store and she was assaulted; in fact, she fainted in the shop but they compressed the video and cut that part out of it.
“They took her out to resuscitate her, the one standing with a cap is a doctor, the doctor had to come to give her life. My sister is not in the video, it was completely cropped out of it.”
Senator Abbo said he would be demanding the release of the full recording.
“This is a political season and now I am now a politician, before I was not a politician but now the reality of the fact is that I am now a politician and politicians are not people who are liked, they exhume things of 20 years and they hang it on their neck now,” he said.
“As I said before we will release a robust response to everything, and we will also ask for the entire video to be released since they have the video. We will seat and discuss about the video. Just to be clear that video was taken long before now and it was released just as this point.”
In the CCTV video, the Senator had, however, not mentioned anything about his sister being assaulted. The video showed him seated in the shop for a while as activities went on. He then got on the phone, walked out of the office for a bit, came back in and sat down.
Four minutes into the video, he received another call. Shortly after, a policeman came in and he informed the policeman, that the shop attendant is his friend but that she insulted him.
“She is not my enemy; she is my friend. We are not enemies; she is my friend and I have known her for over five years. But she insulted me. She said I am drunk, I am stupid and I am mad,” he said before asking the policeman to take her away.
As he was speaking to the policeman, the lady made a call of her own to inform her father about what was going on, but the move angered Abbo, who ordered her to stop the call.
As she tried to round up the call, another man with Abbo tried to slap the phone away, prompting another woman in the shop to intervene.
After the woman asked the man to “take it easy”, Abbo flew into the raged and attacked her.
The assault has attracted widespread condemnation, emerging as a top trend on social media with more than 100,000 tweets dedicated to it, many of them declaring the action as unacceptable, shameful, and criminal and demanding that the authorities, particularly the police and the Senate, should act.
In his own reaction, a renowned journalist and an established former labour leader, Owei Lakemfa in his facebook account, with the caption,” SENATOR ELISHA ABBO SHOULD BE IN PRISON”, condemned strongly the actions of Senator Abbo and said that his action was unbecoming of a normal human being, even as he called on the Inspector general of Police and other security agencies in Nigeria to do all within their powers to lock up the Senator in prison with a view to discouraging others like him.
His reaction reads:
“SENATOR ELISHA ABBO SHOULD BE IN PRISON.
“I have repeatedly watched the video of Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North, battering a sales lady who he admitted in the video clip, was not responsible for whatever angered him. So it was a case of transferred aggression.
“I have also read and listened to his defence in the Punch Newspapers, Channels Television and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) My conclusion is that the Distinguished Senator is either mentally challenged, or is on drugs. Whatever the case, he is unfit to hold public office, and is in fact, a danger to society.
“The Senate owes itself a duty to distance the Red Chamber from the said Senator Abbo, place him on suspension and investigate the case.
“The Inspector General of Police should cause to be investigated, the police officer with Senator Abbo, who watched the lady being battered without raising a finger to stop the crime, and then complicated the victim’s woes by arresting her on the instructions of the violent senator.
“Also, the police owe the country a duty to arrest and prosecute Senator Abbo for criminal assault and threat to life. The Distinguished Senator needs to be removed from decent society. His rightful place is the prison, not sitting in the Senate purportedly making laws for the country.
“The criminal prosecution of Senator Abbo should not preclude the victim from taking a civil suit against the quite violent senator.
“The good people of Adamawa North Senatorial District cannot be blamed for electing and sending a brute to represent them in Abuja because they might not have known his true character. The truth is that the human flesh conceals the character of the human being. However, they will deserve blame if they do not recall Senator Abbo and send a human being to represent them in the Senate of the Federal Republic.”
Also in her facebook Page, Iyanga Anioma, an Activist and Publisher of Karifest International Magazine, Ms Duchess Onyeka, said that “women should rise up and protest this nonsense by this rascal called a Senator. No woman deserves to be humiliated by any man in this manner talk less that he is not her husband!
“Rascals like him should have no place in leadership because they will only be mere objects for oppression of the weak.
“The abusive man should be made to face the law to what he deserve and we as a nation must not keep quiet when things like this occurs.”