A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, Abuja has awarded N50 million damages against the Senator representing Adamawa North, Senator Elisha Abbo, to be paid as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, whom he assaulted.
Justice Samira Bature gave the order in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.
The court also ordered him to publish in a national newspaper an unreserved apology to Warmate.
Premium Times had on July 3, 2019, reported how the lawmaker was caught on camera physically assaulting a woman in Abuja, two months after he allegedly committed the act.
In the video, Abbo was seen descending on the woman after she pleaded with him not to physically assault the shop owner whom the Senator had accused of insulting him. He said the shop owner called him a drunk.
Following the video which went viral, many Nigerians condemned the act, calling for the lawmaker’s arrest.
This however forced the Inspector General of Police,Adamu Mohammed, to order a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the purported assault of the victim by Senator Abbo
On July 3, 2019, the IGP directed the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma to provide personal and round-the-clock supervision of every facet of the investigation including the forensic analysis of the video currently in circulation as well as the actions and inactions of the policeman seen in the video footage.
Also, the leadership of the Senate and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform under which the lawmaker was elected, both condemned the act and summoned the Senator.