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Court Fines Nigerian Senator N50m For Assaulting A Woman

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, has ordered Adamawa senator, Elisha Abbo, to pay N50 million as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a lady he assaulted in 2019.

Nelson Onuoha, a member of the team of lawyers that filed a civil suit against the lawmaker, disclosed this PREMIUM TIMES on monday.

Abel Ozioko, a counsel to the senator, also confirmed the ruling.

PREMIUM TIMES had in 2019 exposed the young senator caught on camera assaulting a woman in Abuja. The incident occurred barely three months after Mr Abbo was elected a senator and a month before he was sworn in on June 11.

The video showed the 41-year-old senator 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 for his actions and turned himself in to the police, who held him for a night, before granting him bail “after meeting a set of administrative conditions for his bound”.

He was thereafter, arraigned before the Chief Magistrate court, Zuba, Abuja, with two counts of criminal charges preferred against him.

The magistrate court, however, dismissed the assault case filed by the Nigerian police against Mr Abbo for lack of diligent prosecution by the police – this was despite the video evidence showing him assaulting Ms Warmate and a televised press conference in which the lawmaker apologised to the victim.

Meanwhile, the plaintiff filed a civil suit in July 2019 with representation from Solola and Akpana Partners.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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