Senator Elisha Abbo, who was caught assaulting a woman at a sex toy shop in Abuja, appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident on Tuesday afternoon, July 9. According to Premium Times, the lawmaker, however refused to speak in front of newsmen or take an oath before the panel.
It was however gathered that it is a tradition individuals invited before Senate committees to take oaths to pledge to say the truth. The embattled senator reportedly insisted that he would address the panel before taking the oath; a decision that led to an exchange of words with members of the committee. Senator Oluremi Tinubu who is a member of the committee set up to look into the matter, had asked Abbo to swear an oath before saying anything. He bluntly refused, insisting that the matter was in court. He said: “This matter is in court. I cannot be talking in front of cameras when the matter is already in court. That’s subjudice.” Tinubu then responded: “Distinguished, you just joined us. We have a procedure and we are also under law. You don’t come in here and dictate to us what should be done. “You are on the other side now. You don’t tell us what to do…because we can suspend you.” Senator Abbo who could not conceal his annoyance at the female lawmaker’s comment promptly interjected: “I will not sit here and listen to you threaten me with suspension. I am a senator like you. You cannot threaten me with suspension.” The meeting however, continued behind closed doors as newsmen were subsequently asked to leave following the chaos that erupted.