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Assault: Nigerian women express shock over Senator Abbo’s action

By Adekunle Adebayo, Abuja

The Nigerian League of Women Voters on Wednesday reacted to action of the lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Senator Elisha Abbo, who assaulted a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Wuse Abuja.

A statement made available to newsmen by the President of NLWV, Dr Esther Uduehi, described such action as immoral and barbaric.

The statement read, “NLWV is shocked by the immoral and barbaric action of a Senator, Mr Elisha Abbo from Adamawa State on an innocent Nigerian female who was dutifully performing her duties as a sales girl at a shop in Abuja.

“This action is very unbecoming of a Senator and a disgrace to the Nigerian State. It is in this light that we commend the swift action of the Inspector General of Police in setting up an inquiry into the matter and placing the culprit under arrest.

“We also commend the Senate President for setting up inquiry into this reported behavior and all well meaning Nigerians who have spoken on this ugly incident.

“We ask that this matter be swiftly handled at all fronts and that justice be done to avert such an action from any so called highly placed individual in the future and that the poor girl who has suffered this humiliation and torture be given a public apology amongst other things and she should be dully compensated for the damage done to her.”

Meanwhile the lawmaker has since apologised publicly for such behaviour, explaining that he has never been known or associated with assault in the past.

The senator, during a media briefing in Abuja, wept as he apologized to mothers, Nigerians, his party; the Peoples Democratic Party,  the National Assembly, his family, the victim and her family as well as all people who were embarrassed by his conduct.

According to him, regardless of what transpired prior to his expression of anger, he was sincerely sorry and pleaded that all men and women should have the heart to forgive him.

Abbo said, “I’m not here to tell my own side of the story.

“It is with a deep sense of remorse and responsibility that I, Senator Ishaku Abbo profoundly apologise to all Nigerians, the Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party, my family, friends as well as our mothers – the Nigerian women.

“I personally apologize to Bibra and her family for my action towards her, which has brought immense discomfort in our body polity.

“l have never been known or associated with such actions in the past. Regardless of what transpired prior to my expression of anger, I am sincerely sorry and plead that all men and women of good conscience should have the heart to forgive me. To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

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