Elisha Abbo, 41, senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been caught on camera physically assaulting a woman at an adult toy shop in Abuja.
Abbo in the video descended on the woman after she pleaded with him not to physically assault the shop owner whom the senator had accused of insulting him.
He said the shop owner called him a drunk. The assault, whose video was published by Premium Times, reportedly occurred on May 11.
The attack happened as an armed mobile police officer looked on, and instead made attempt to arrest the victim. The assault was allegedly reported on May 14 at the Maitama Area Command Headquarters on Nile Street, but the police reportedly told the victim to go look for Senator Abbo’s telephone number or they would not be able to do anything about it.
Though details of the ugly incidents are still scanty as the victim and the shop owner declined making comments for fear of being molested, Amnesty International posted what is known so far about on Twitter.
“What is known so far on Senator Elisha Abbo’s assault on women:
-He went shopping in an adult shop with 3-women.
-He summoned police that joined him while assaulting a lady.
-He slapped her 3-times
-The woman he assaulted was treated in hospital for injuries.”
In the video, Senator Abbo is seen sitting on a yellow power generator near the entrance of the shop. He could be heard making calls and asking some people where they were and how close they were. Shortly, an armed police officer walked in.
Abbo spoke to the officer in Hausa. He also said he was disappointed in the shop owner, with whom he said he had been friends for five years. He then asked the police officer to take the shop owner away. The shop owner quickly put a call through to someone explaining that she was about to be taken away.
Abbo asked the shop owner to stop the call because he was talking to her, a demand the woman refused to accede to. Another man could be seen coming from behind the police officer to snatch the shop owner’s phone from her.
Next, another woman standing beside the shop owner tried to intervene by pleading with the second man to take things easy. Abbo however descended on the woman, saying she was “very stupid” and slapping her repeatedly.
The senator then demanded that the two women should be taken to the police station.