A Nigerian senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district Elisha Abbo has been ordered by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, to pay N50 million as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a lady he assaulted in 2019.
This is according to Nelson Onuoha, a member of the team of lawyers that filed a civil suit against the lawmaker who disclosed this news PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.
Also conforming the order is Abel Ozioko, a counsel to the senator, also confirmed the ruling.
It would be recalled that in 2019, the young senator was caught on camera assaulting a woman in Abuja. The incident occurred barely three months after Mr Abbo was elected senator and a month before he was sworn in on June 11, 2019.
The video showed the senator physically assaulting the woman, whom he accused of insulting him by calling him “a drunk” while a policeman, stood by and did nothing to protect the victim.
The senator later publicly apologized for his actions and turned himself in to the police, who held him for a night, before granting him bail “after meeting a set of administrative conditions for his bound”.
He was however later arraigned before the Chief Magistrate court, Zuba, Abuja, with two counts of criminal charges against him.
The magistrate court, later dismissed the assault case filed by the Nigerian police against Mr Abbo for lack of diligent prosecution by the police despite the video submitted despite the video evidence showing him assaulting Ms Warmate and a televised press conference in which the lawmaker apologised to the victim.
Not satisfied with the rulling of the magistrate court, the plaintiff filed a civil suit in July 2019 with representation from Solola and Akpana Partners.
“The suit filed by the police was a criminal suit and we were determined to go ahead with the civil suit,” Mr Onuoha told PREMIUM TIMES.
Delivering the judgement on Monday, Justice Samira Bature found the senator guilty and ordered him to pay N50 million to the plaintiff as compensation. Mr Ozioko, however, said “they will appeal the judgement