A magistrate’s court in Zuba, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has dismissed a suit filed by the police against Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north.

The police arraigned Senator Abbo on a one-count charge for allegedly assaulting Osimibibra Warmate, a woman, at a sex toy shop in Abuja.

However, the court dismissed the suit for lack of diligent prosecution by the police. This is despite a viral video showing Mr. Abbo assaulting the woman and a televised press conference in which the lawmaker apologized to the victim.

The magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, upheld the no-case submission filed by the lawmaker. Mr. Ilelah said the evidence and exhibits tendered do not establish that the senator assaulted the complainant at the sex toy shop.

He said, “The evidence and exhibits tendered do not disclose a prima facie case of the alleged crime of criminal force and assault against the defendant (Abbo). The prosecution’s case centred on the oral evidence of PW1 (Warmate) and the two discs containing CCTV footage of the incident and alleged video clip of an apology from the defendant (Abbo).”

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