Victims of Senator Elisha Abbo’s assault fail to appear before Senate panel
The Senate Ad hoc committee which is investigating the alleged misconduct of Senator Elisha Abbo has said that the victim slapped by the lawmaker in a viral video did not honour its invitation. The Chairman of the panel, Senator Sam Egwu, who stated this at plenary on Wednesday, said all efforts to make both the assaulted lady and the shop owner appear before the committee did not succeed. The former Governor of Ebonyi State said 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.