CRIME

SEX TOY SHOP ASSAULT: Abuja Magistrate Court Dismisses Senator Elisha Abbo’s Case

An Abuja Magistrate Court has ruled in favour of Senator Elisha Abbo, thereby dismissing the case filed against him by the Nigerian Police Force in 2019.

The Zuba Magistrate Court ruled on the Senators case on Friday, after he was charged on July 8, 2019 for assaulting a nursing mother in a sex toy shop at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja on May 11, 2019.

The offence of Senator Elisha Abbo who represents Adamawa North Senatorial District under the Peoples Democratic Party violates section 263 and 264 of penal code law.

In his ruling on no case submission filed by the lawmaker, the magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah said, “The evidence and exhibits tendered do not disclose a prima facie case of the alleged crime of criminal force and assault against the Senator.”

He posited that the video showing Senator Abbo apologising was not tantamount to an admission of guilt as it wasn’t a confessional statement.

Ilelah said the testimony of the victim was “weak because the allegation has not been substantiated in any material particular”.

He went on to say that the police did not do a proper investigation as it relied solely on the statement of the victim. He said the court would rely on the law and not logic or media reports because he who alleges must also prove.

“The defendant is hereby discharged under Section 303(3)(c) and (d) of the ACJA 2015,” the magistrate said.

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