The Nigerian Senate has rejected a prayer by its ad-hoc committee investigating Elisha Abbo, to extend the time it will submit the report on the senator’s alleged assault on a nursing mother.
Following a video that showed Senator Abo attacking a nursing mother in a toy shop in Abuja, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, had on July 3 set up the committee to investigate the incident.
However, the committee chairman, Sam Egwu, had on Wednesday asked the Senate to extend the time initially given for the submission of the report.
On why the committee is seeking for extension, Egwu had explained that all the parties involved in the matter, the senator, the Commissioner of Police, and the counsel to the victim, appeared before the committee, but failed to give details of the incident on the excuse that the matter was already in court.
He said, “We set out to do the investigation and in the course of that, we invited all the people that are involved. We invited our colleague and he made it clear to us that he was invited by the police and the case is already in court and therefore, it is subjudice.”
He added that the committee “wants to wait until the court has taken their decision.”
But rejecting his plea, Ahmed said, “It is not our concern. We are not investigating criminal activities. We are investigating misconduct. The senate is not investigating what the police is investigating.”
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