A Magistrate Court in Zuba, Abuja, has struck out the assault charge against Adamawa-North lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo.
It can be recalled that in the year 2019, the Nigerian police arraigned Senator Elisha Abbo, at the Zuba Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, over assault on a woman at an adult sex toy shop in May.
On July 2, 2019, the senator addressed the general public where he admitted that he was the one in the viral video of the incident and apologised to the victim and Nigerians in general.
Several people including celebrities rejected his apology and insisted he must face the law.
According to The PUNCH, the Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, upheld a no-case submission filed by Abbo, stating that the police failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the lawmaker assaulted Warmate on May 11, 2019.
The court said the police did not do a proper investigation as it relied solely on the statement of the victim.
The magistrate stated, “The IPO (Investigating Police Officer) did not investigate this case at all or she just charged the defendant to court via the F.I.R (First Information Report) without due care and attention. In fact, she has succeeded in creating a doubt in the mind of this court during cross-examination and the Supreme Court held that where there is a doubt in a criminal trial, such doubt should be resolved in favour of the defendant.”
He said the court would rely on the law and not logic or media reports because he who alleges must prove.