Court throws out criminal case against Senator Abbo who was caught on camera beating woman

By Aletor David   1 week ago   103
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The magistrate says the evidence against the lawmaker was not conclusive enough. Senator Elisha Abbo was inaugurated into the Ninth Senate days after the video was made public [Facebook-Senator Ishaku Abbo/SIA] Senator Elisha Abbo was inaugurated into the Ninth Senate days after the video was made public [Facebook-Senator Ishaku Abbo/SIA] One year after he was charged to court for assaulting a woman inside a sex toy shop in Abuja, Senator Elisha Abbo's case has been dismissed. The emergence of a video that captured Abbo assaulting Osimibibra Warmate in May 2019 led to widespread outrage, and a teary-eyed public apology from the 42-year-old lawmaker. The representative of Adamawa North Senatorial District was subsequently charged with two counts of criminal use of force and criminal assault when he was arraigned before a Chief Magistrates' Court in Abuja on July 8, 2019. A report by The Punch says Abbo has now been discharged by the court because the prosecution failed to prove its case. The magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, ruled that the evidence and exhibits tendered to the court did not prove the criminal charges against the lawmaker. After the prosecution concluded its case, Abbo's legal team did not open a defence but filed a no-case submission, asking the court to dismiss the charges. The prosecution had tendered to the court as evidence the video of the incident, captured by the shop's CCTV, the video of Abbo's public apology, and a medical report signed by one Dr Amobrose Ibegbule who treated the victim after the incident. ASP Mary Daniel, the police officer who investigated the case, told the court that she could not access the original CCTV footage and had to make use of the one supplied by Warmate herself. While testifying before the court, Warmate said Abbo punched her in the face and slapped her several times because she interfered in his dispute with the attendant at the sex toy shop after one of the women he came with fainted. "He said he would make me a scapegoat for interfering and asked the two men to arrest me. "The defendant (Abbo) pulled me by the hair and pushed me downstairs and to a car," Warmate said. However, Ilelah ruled that her testimony was weak because the allegation had not been substantiated in any material particular. The magistrate ruled that the doctor's report did not detail what happened to the victim, and faulted the prosecution for not calling Ibegbule as a witness. He also ruled that ASP Daniel did not properly investigate the case and merely relied solely on the victim's statement. "In fact, she has succeeded in creating a doubt in the mind of this court during cross-examination and the Supreme Court held that where there is a doubt in a criminal trial, such doubt should be resolved in favour of the defendant," the magistrate said. He discharged the case under Section 303(3)(c) and (d) of the ACJA 2015. A Senate committee was inaugurated last year to investigate the case against Abbo, but it stalled because of the court case and didn't reach any resolution. [NewsNaira]



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Ojeyelu Sunday
1 week ago

Why will a man beat woman 


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Okeh Caroline
1 week ago

Violence against women must be stopped


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He's money work for him


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Olumba Obinna
1 week ago

Immunity must cover senator


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Sunday Dung
1 week ago

That was you


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Men and their beating of wife sef


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Why would he beat a woman


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Dokubo Joshua
1 week ago

Shame on u


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Why is this country like this


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Igbo Chukwudi
1 week ago

Inside life no balance well


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Beating women is not a good idea at all


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Nissy Ufedo
1 week ago

Only weak men do that


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Adoki Cynthia
1 week ago

Leave Senator alone


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Adoki Cynthia
1 week ago

What if she is is wife


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Adoki Cynthia
1 week ago

But beating a woman is wrong


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Adoki Cynthia
1 week ago

Men should learn


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Jimrighteous
1 week ago

Too bad why beating a woman


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Maxwell Joseph
1 week ago

Why are Nigeria men always violent 


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Ifeoluwa
1 week ago

It is never conclusive enough, mis use of power


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It never an easy job to establish criminal evidence that will lead to the conviction of a suspect, they would have filled the matter under civil litigation and demand for damages instead of rubbishing the matter under criminal litigation


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