Assault by Lawmaker: ActionAid Nigeria Demands Justice

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ActionAid Nigeria, has called for the arrest and prosecution of Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial Area who dishonorably beat up a woman in an adult toy shop in Abuja, Nigeria.

In signed by Actionaid Nigeria, Country Director, Ene Obi said that the call became necessary following the release of a CCTV footage showing the lawmaker perpetuating the act.

Speaking further she said “ActionAid Nigeria received with shock the news of the incomprehensible act of a Senator of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria, Senator Elisha Abbo whose act can be described as criminal, unacceptable and
repugnant to natural justice and order.

“Violence against women and girls is unacceptable, they have rights to be treated with dignity and respect and this should be upheld by everyone irrespective of their social status.

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“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognizes the equal rights of all persons and states that no one should be discriminated against based on gender and other social classifications.

“In addition, the Violence Against
Persons Prohibition Act 2015 also prohibits violence against persons in all forms. Ironically, Senator Elisha Abbo who should be leading in the upholding of the constitution and other legislations, is the one contravening the law. He therefore should be held accountable for his
ignoble act.

“While we appreciate the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the leadership of the National
Assembly for prevailing on Senator Abbo to publicly apologize and set up a panel to investigate the matter respectively, we call on the Nigerian Police to arrest and prosecute
Senator Abbo which is what the law states for such an offence.

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“We commend the Nigeria Police on some of the actions taken so far and we will also like to use this medium to remind the Nigerian Police of the numerous cases of rape and other forms of gender-based violence that has been reported and are yet to be investigated.

ActionAid Nigeria commended Nigerians, particularly the media for using their various platforms
to speak up and encourage more Nigerians not to keep silent any more especially on issues that bothers on governance, justice and human rights.

“Assault of a citizen is an assault of the state and serving justice to whom justice is due irrespective of social status of the persons
involved should be core of Nigeria’s justice system.

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“The world is watching, Nigerians are watching, the Civil Society is watching, and ActionAid Nigeria will be watching, for this
opportunity to seek justice for a vulnerable Nigerian is too important to miss. The country Director stressed




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