Senator Elisha Abbo today clashed with Senator Oluremi Tinubu when he appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating his assault on a nursing mother inside a sex toy shop in Abuja on May 11th.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday July 3rd, announced the senate's intention to investigate the assault after seeing the CCTV footage from the assault. An adhoc committee led by former Ebonyi state governor, Sam Egwu, was set up to investigate the incident. Other members of the investigation committee include Mrs Tinubu, Mathew Urhoghide, Stella Oduah, Dauda Aliu Jika, Sani Musa, and Danladi Sankara.
At the first sitting of the committee today July 9th, 41-year-old Abbo refused to swear an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak in the presence of journalists because the matter was in court.
Reacting to his stance of not swearing to an oath, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of APC National leader Bola Tinubu, said
“Distinguished, you undermine us by even trying to do that, You haven't even listened to us. Even if we are going beyond what you expect, you can stop us. You don't come on the other side and start dictating to us. Do you want us to protect you or you want us to defend you or you want to be on your own because do you realise that we are also under law. Do you realise that we can also suspend you.
Visibly upset by her comment, Abbo said
“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.”
Journalists were later asked to leave for the meeting to continue off camera.
Abbo was arraigned on Monday July 8th at Zuba Magistrate Court, Abuja on one count of assault which he denied. He was later granted bail of N5 million.
Watch a video clip showing the clash between Abbo and Tinubu below