Adamawa North senatorial district senator, Elisha Abbo, may not escape disciplinary action by the Nigerian Senate, for an alleged assault on a nursing mother.
This is especially as the Senate on Wednesday set up a bipartisan ad hoc committee to probe the senator’s alleged act.
The committee which is to be headed by a former governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, was constituted by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, after the senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, raised a point of order on the floor of the Senate to that effect.
Sani’s condemnation of the alleged act by the senator was supported by Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.
In his response Senate President Lawan said he had been inundated with calls from concerned Nigerians within and outside the country asking the Senate to explain what happened.
He said it would not be fair on either the Senator, or the assaulted lady should the Senate not pass judgment as soon as possible based on the viral video clip.
Consequently, he urged the ad hoc committee to investigate the issue critically by inviting both parties and submit its report within two weeks.
Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Mathew Urhoghide, Stella Oduah, Dauda Aliu Jika, Sani Musa, and Danladi Sankara are other members of the panel.
A video clip that circulated on the internet had shown the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker severally slap a saleswoman at an adult toy shop in Abuja earlier this year, even as he ordered his Police orderly to ‘take her away’.
The inspector general of Police has also ordered that the senator, and his Police except be arrested, and an investigation conducted into the matter.