The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu has ordered investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault on a female Nigerian by Sen. Elisha Abbo and another man, said to be a personal assistant, cum police orderly.
A statement by DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Wednesday in Abuja said the I-G had directed the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police to provide a “personal and round-the-clock supervision” of the investigation.
Mba said that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, had established contact with the victim of the assault and commenced investigation in earnest into the case.
He said the investigation would include the forensic analysis of the video currently in circulation as well as the actions/inactions of the policeman seen in the video footage.
According to him, the I-G assures citizens of utmost professionalism by the Police in handling the matter.
“The police boss has promised that the force will ensure that justice is manifestly done,” he said, stressing that the I-G commended Nigerians for their massive show of empathy and concern for the rights of their fellow citizen.
Already, Nigerian celebrities have called for the immediate arrest of the lawmaker representing Adamawa North senatorial district, Elisha Abbo, for physically assaulting a woman at an adult toy shop in Abuja.
Abbo, in the viral video, was not only seen descending on the woman after she pleaded with him not to physically assault the shop-owner, but also caught on camera accusing the sales person at the sex toy shop of insulting him.
Don Jazzy, among other celebrities, took to social media expressing their displeasure at the viral video, calling for Sen. Abbo’s arrest.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Martin Uzoukwu, has advised Sen. Elisha Abbo, (PDP Adamawa), who allegedly slapped the nursing mother in Abuja to repent and tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians.
Uzoukwu gave the advice in Minna on Wednesday, saying the action of the senator was a national embarrassment.
“How can a distinguished Senator descend so low in slapping a nursing mother that he is supposed to be protecting as an ordinary Nigerian,’’ he asked, noting that the action of Sen. Elisha is already gathering national momentum as several Nigerians, especially women groups are calling on the police not to allow the senator to go unpunished.
Uzoukwu commended the President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan for setting up a seven- member Ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks at plenary.
He said that investigating the matter and prosecuting who soever was involved, would add value and credibility to the National Assembly in the eyes of Nigerians and international community.
However, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, has condemned the actions of Sen. Elisha Abbo, who was caught on camera assaulting the woman in Abuja.
Atiku, in a tweet on Monday, through his official account @atiku advised Abbo to publicly apologise.
He also called on the opposition PDP to take necessary action, adding that he had seen the alleged assault video, involving the senator.
“The video is sad, inexcusable. I know the Senator quite well.
“But the law is clear and leaders must lead by example. I advise him to publicly apologise, voluntarily go to the police and show good example expected of a young leader.
“I also call on our party, the @OfficialPDPNig to take necessary disciplinary action and the @PoliceNG to ensure the law takes its full course,” he said.
The Senator has however defended his action, stressing that the events took place in March and not May, as shown in the video.