Senator Elisha Ishiaku Abbo who was accused of assaulting a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja is now battling Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
The lawmaker from Adamawa State on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 appeared before the six-man panel set up by the Senate to investigate him and he told them that the matter was already before the court, hence he would not make comments that could amount to prejudice of the Court process.
He also refused to allow the clerk of the panel to put him on oath, as is usual practice.
However, trouble started when Senator Oluremi Tinubu who is one of the members of the panel expressed her displeasure over Abbo’s comment before the panel.
She said; “The Senate carefully selected members of this committee to hear your own side of the story which has gone viral. What we are doing here as a legislature is a position taken by the Senate to hear from you and others involved.”
“This matter has affected the Senate as an institution and we have been mandated to investigate it. You can’t sit there on the other side and dictate the modalities and approach we follow as a committee.”
“We are trying to protect the Senate and hear from you, but we can also suspend you because of your attitude.”
At this juncture, Senator Abbo became angry and said;
“Dear colleagues, I won’t sit here and allow this committee to threaten me with suspension. Is it out of place for me to say I’m not addressing you since this matter is before a court of law of competent jurisdiction?”
“I came here to honour you as colleagues after receiving an SMS inviting me here. Just the same way I have received SMS from the police. I was arrested, detained and charged to court over this matter. Yet, I’m here out of respect for you as colleagues.”
“I want you to remember that this matter is before a court of competent jurisdiction and I don’t want to be held in contempt of the Court.”