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JUST IN: Senator apologises for assaulting nursing mother

The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Senator Elisha Abbo on Wednesday apologised for assaulting a nursing mother.

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.

He stated that he has never been known or associated with assault in the past.

He said that 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.”

He added, “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.”

Fracas engulfs Reps as Elumelu emerges minority leader

Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the house of representatives exchanged blows on Wednesday over the position of minority leader.

The session, which started on a peaceful note, got rowdy when Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, was about to announce minority principal officials.

Kingsley Chinda, a PDP lawmaker from Rivers, had raised a point of order, citing order 6 rule 1 of the house which says members of minority parties in the house shall choose someone with experience to lead them.

He said the leadership of his party had written to the speaker to inform him of its choice for the positions, asking Gbajabiamila to adopt the list sent by the PDP.

The leadership of the opposition party had written to the speaker to state its preference for Chinda as minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema as deputy minority leader; Yakubu Barde, minority whip and Muraina Ajibola, deputy minority whip.

The party said it chose the lawmakers for the positions “in accordance with extant laws, House rules, conventions and general legislative practices worldwide”.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after wide consultations with house caucus, the party leadership from the geopolitical zones and the national working committee (NWC) hereby forward the names of the duly agreed and approved house minority leadership as follows,” the letter read.

But Gbajabiamila said there were nine minority political parties and the PDP alone could not determine who led the minority.

He therefore moved to read a letter which he said was signed by 99 members of minority political parties on the leadership positions but he was booed just as some lawmakers left their seats and started struggling for the mace.

Members of the sergeant-at-arms rushed in to prevent them from seizing the mace and some lawmakers started fighting in the process.

Despite the rowdy session, the speaker went ahead to read the letter, announcing Ndidi Elumelu as minority leader, Toby Okechukwu as deputy minority leader, Gideon Gwani as minority whip and Adesegun Adekoya as deputy minority whip.

The speaker then adjourned plenary till Thursday as his supporters praised him while others booed.

JUST IN: Buhari suspends Ruga settlement projects – Report

Following public outcry and the seeming misconception about the Ruga Settlement Projects, an idea designed to stem the tide of herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have suspended the idea pending further notice, ThisDay is reporting.

The president, after consultations with stakeholders, has resolved to put away the idea for a thorough review and well acceptable approach to the menace constituted to national security by the constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers, the report said.

A presidency source that hinted at this development, said the announcement would be made any moment from now with detailed explanations, going forward.

Details later…

Police IG orders arrest of Sen. Elisha Abbo, orderly for assaulting sales girl

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of the Senator Elisha Abbo and his orderly for allegedly attacking a sales girl in Abuja.

Investigations are currently ongoing at the Federal Capital Territory police by an investigative team set up by the Police Force headquarters in Abuja.

The news of the attack went viral after a video recorded by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV), installed in the shop was shared on the social media, an act which is said to have embarrassed the police authorities.

The Police say they are doing everything within their powers to restore dignity to the force, following the conduct of the police orderly attached to the senator.

According to Police sources, the incident actually happened in a sex-toy shop in Abuja, where the senator had gone to make purchases.

The video which has been circulating the internet shows the angry senator beat up the sales girl, and ordered his police orderly to take her away.

Oyo is technically bankrupt, says Makinde

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, says that his administration is currently seeking other areas of generating revenue as the state is technically bankrupt.

He made this known while addressing members of the University of Ibadan governing council during a courtesy visit to his office in Ibadan, on Tuesday.

Makinde said his administration is looking forward to a collaboration with the university particularly in the area of public-private partnership.

“When I came in, we were looking for ways to keep the government running because technically the government of Oyo state is bankrupt,” he said.

‘If I take it as a private entity, I won’t lend a dime to the government of Oyo state. I will ask them to start winding up proceedings. So, we have been looking for ways to keep the government running.

“We have been beaming our searchlight on areas we can get money. The Bureau of Internal Revenue came to me and said they had an issue of PAYE with the University of Ibadan.

“At the governor’s forum, I saw a document where many of the states got a huge refund from PAYE due to the federal institutions located in such states. I believe Ogun State got about N8bn; another state in the South West got N10 billion, and Oyo State got only about N91m.

“Then, I wondered what was going on here. They told me there was work in progress and that they had been talking but did not have cooperation from the University of Ibadan.

“I can give you the assurance that this is something for the federal government to refund to us. All we need to do here is open the books and see what has gone on and have an agreement. I told the chairman of the Bureau of Internal Revenue that he and I will meet with the University of Ibadan to get money. We will utilise such money immediately to do things that will lift our environment.”

Upon assuming office, Makinde had said the state might not be able to pay the new minimum wage because it couldn’t afford it.

How EFCC stopped former Kwara officials from withdrawing N10bn before hand over

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it prevented former officials of Kwara state government from misappropriating N10 billion from the treasury between May 24 and May 29.

Isyaku Sharu, EFCC’s zonal head, told journalists on Tuesday that the commission mounted surveillance on the state accounts to prevent last-minute looting by the outgoing administration.

“It has always been a tradition in the country, except to macroscopic few, that whenever any government is exiting, it will indulge in mass pilferage as the last minute golden opportunity,” he said in Ilorin, the state capital.

“Hence, our resolve to mount surveillance on all Kwara state government accounts between May, 24 and 29, 2019, when the states received federal account allocation committee (FAAC), joint account and allocation committee (JAAC), value-added tax (VAT) and tax refund from the federal government to the tune of about N10 billion.

“I can authoritatively tell you that we saved the state last-minute attempted misappropriation of those billions.”

He said the commission is investigating properties allegedly belonging to civil servants in the state capital.

“You will agree with me that official corruption is the greatest killer as officials who ordinarily supposed to guard and protect state resources turned out to misappropriate them.

“To this end, the commission beams its searchlight on the state officials and on a credible tip-off, the commission is currently investigating 15 properties in choice areas within Ilorin metropolis. The properties range from hotels, filling stations, residential accommodation to microfinance banks.

“It will shock you to hear that the alleged owners are civil servants, whose earning per month is not more than N90,000. Some have confessed to the commission and the matter is in court. In fact, we discovered about N3 billion in the accounts of two of them, who are not up to assistant directors in the ministry.”

Senate investigates Abbo’s sex toy shop assault

The senate has set up an ad hoc committee to investigate Abbo Elisha, senator representing Adamawa north, for allegedly assaulting a woman.

The committee was set up following a motion sponsored by Uba Sani, senator representing Kaduna central.

Moving the motion on the floor of the red chamber on Wednesday, Sani said his credibility is at stake over the incident.

“That has gone a long way in tarnishing the image and credibility of this senate. As a member of this senate, my own credibility is at stake,” he said.

“Some of us have spent most of our lives defending and fighting for the rights of less privileged and most especially, the youth and women.

“I, therefore, call on this senate to take a decisive action to redeem the image of this senate.”

Opeyemi Bamidele, senator representing Ekiti central, described the incident as extremely tragic.

“Nigerians must also be able to see us as people who are willing and ready to lead by example. Much as we must ensure that our colleague suffers for what he did not do assuming without considering that he didn’t do this,” Bamidele said.

“On the other hand, we must be able to protect the right of the Nigerian who has been violated. What we saw is a clear violation of sections 33, 34 and 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which provides respectively for the right to life, right to dignity of the human person and right to personal liberty.”

On his part, Senate President Ahamd Lawan said they both parties should have a fair hearing when they appear before the committee.

“Whatever we saw remains an allegation and until we investigate and find out what happened – both parties will have a fair hearing,” he said.

“This morning, I received a lot of calls about the incident. I believe that this senate will be responsive. We cannot condone any act of violence by anyone. If there is an allegation against any of us, we must ensure that justice prevails.

“We are going to set up a bi-partisan committee to investigate the issue.”

The committee will be chaired by Sam Egwu, senator representing Ebonyi north.

Sex toy shop video: PDP condemns assault, summons Senator Abbo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned the assault of a female sex toy shop attendant by Senator Elisha Abba as captured in a CCTV clip now trending on social media.

The opposition party has therefore summoned Abba for explanation according to a statement issued by spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan.

Below is the full statement:

The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a CCTV footage relating to allegations of malfeasance by a senator elected on the platform of the PDP, Senator Elisha Abbo.

The PDP, as a law-abiding and upstanding party, detests and completely condemn such act of lawlessness and callousness as exhibited in the video and will therefore never condone it.

Our party is also shocked that the harmless victim of the unprovoked assault is said to be a nursing mother, who ought to be protected.

Though this is a personal conduct of an individual which has no bearing with the culture of our party, the PDP however holds that no responsible person will condone such an attitude.

In the light of this, the NWC has commenced investigation into the matter and summons Senator Elisha Abbo in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP and code of conduct of our members.

In the same vein, the party has taken note of the immediate action taken by the Senate.

The PDP, at all levels of engagement, is reputed for her utmost respect and commitment towards the rights, safety and wellbeing of our citizens, particularly our women and cannot tolerate any callous assault on any Nigerian.

The PDP therefore assures Nigerians that it will always stand on the side of justice and will never spare a thought in taking action on any of its members found wanting, particularly those elected or appointed into public offices.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

Sex toy shop assault: Amnesty International, Keyamo, Dabiri-Erewa, celebrities demand senator’s arrest

Adamawa North lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo, has continued to receive bashing from Nigerians over a video showing him beating up a shop attendant at a sex toy shop in Abuja.

Nigerians from opposing political parties as well as rights groups and celebrities have called on the police to immediately take action against Abbo.

Global rights body, Amnesty International, called on the police to immediately take action against the 41-year-old lawmaker.

In a Facebook post, AI said, “Senator Elisha Abbo (Adamawa North) who took three ladies shopping for sex toys in Abuja, assaulted a nursing mother, in the presence of policemen. This must be investigated. The lawmaker must face justice. The victims must be protected from his promise of more violence.”

On his part, human rights lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), said the police could arrest the senator immediately given the available video evidence and arraign him accordingly.

He tweeted, “The case of Senator Elisha Abbo is very straightforward: the police must immediately take three steps: first arrest him (no formal complaint is needed with the evidence on tape). Secondly, obtain his statement (if he’s willing to make one) and that of the victim and thirdly arraign him in court.”

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said it was unfortunate that Abbo was the one who replaced the respected Senator Binta Garba at the Senate.

She called on the Senate not to shield him but ensure that he was dealt with swiftly.

Dabiri-Erewa tweeted, “To think that this PDP guy was said to have ‘defeated’ one of our most respected female parliamentarians, Senator Binta Garba. The Senate must not protect him. He should be charged. The footage is enough evidence. He deserves to be in prison.

“I hope the Senate will not protect him. I expect a senator to move a motion of urgent importance tomorrow.”

Celebrities, including those not known to dabble in politics, also gave the senator a dressing down.

Peter Okoye, a member of the defunct P-Square group, called for the immediate arrest of the senator and called on the National Assembly not to allow him to sit again.

Okoye said on his Instagram page, “I am so mad right now after watching this video clip of our representative assaulting a woman. People like Elisha Abbo do not deserve to hold public office. This is disgusting. He needs to be arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible.

“If the Nigerian Senate is a serious place, he should not even be able to enter the Senate on the next sitting.”

Also reacting, popular musician, Adekunle Gold, said, “I am so angry. I want to say a lot of things but I am at a loss for words.”

Music producer, Don Jazzy, expressed shock that a senator could do such a thing.

Meanwhile, activist, Deji Adeyanju, has led a protest to Louis Edet House, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force where he is expected to submit a petition to the Inspector-General of Police.