AbboGate: Victim, Shop owner turn down Senate panel

The alleged victim of assault by Senator Elisha Abbo in a viral video has failed to honour the invitation of the Senate Ad hoc committee which is currently investigating the incident.

The Chairman of the panel, Senator Sam Egwu disclosed this at plenary on Wednesday, he said all efforts to make both the assaulted lady and the shop owner appear before the committee did not succeed.

Senator Egwu also noted that the embattled Senator refused to make submissions before the ad hoc panel because he said doing so would be subjudice.

He also said both the Commissioner of Police in charge of FCT and the lawyers to the victims also refused to make submissions, citing the same reasons.

Egwu, therefore, requested that the matter be stepped down pending the determination of the criminal case instituted against Abbo by the police.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the plenary, disagreed with Egwu stressing that the panel could go ahead with its work notwithstanding the court case.

Lawan said what the Senate was investigating was the alleged misconduct of its member and not the criminal case against him which is already being handled by the police.

Egwu, therefore, sought the permission of the leadership for appointment one-week extension to enable him to submit the report.

The Senate President granted the request.

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