More than two months after it was constituted, the Senate Ad-hoc committee investigating the assault incident by Senator Elisha Abbo (PDP, Adamawa) has submitted its report.
This comes barely a week after PREMIUM TIMES reported the delay in the submission of findings by the committee after investigation.
Mr Abbo was on May 11 caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.
Footage of the video published by this newspaper showed the PDP senator, who represents Adamawa North Senatorial District, physically assaulting the woman, whom he accused of insulting him by calling him “a drunk”.
A policeman, who stood by, did nothing to protect the victim.
Mr Abbo later apologised publicly amidst tears after which he turned himself in to the police, which held him for a night before granting him bail “after meeting a set of administrative conditions for his bound”.
The lawmaker was charged to court with two counts of criminal charges. He pleaded not guilty despite his public apology.
The court granted him bail of N5 million with two competent sureties.
The Senate set up an ad-hoc committee on July 3 to investigate the incident.
The lawmakers set July 24 as the deadline for the committee to submit its report and the deadline was later extended by a week.
Shortly after the plenary commenced on Tuesday, the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, moved that the Senate “receive the report of the bi-partisan ad-hoc committee on the alleged assault by Senator Elisha” – which was adopted.
The chairman of the committee, Sam Egwu, thereafter laid the report before the Senate.
He is expected to present the findings and recommendations of the committee on the next legislative day, possibly Wednesday.
The incident reportedly happened on May 11 exactly one month before the 41-year-old lawmaker was sworn into the 9th Senate.