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Despite public apology, Senator Abbo pleads not guilty to assault

Despite public apology, Senator Abbo pleads not guilty to assault
July 08
17:16 2019

Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north, has pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of assault filed against him by the police.

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The lawmaker was arraigned at a magistrate’s court in Zuba, federal capital territory (FCT), on Monday.

Abdullahi Ilellah, a senior magistrate, granted the lawmaker a N5 million bail  and two sureties in like sum.

Ilellah also ruled that the sureties must have verifiable addresses within the FCT.

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The case was adjourned till July 22 for hearing.

Abbo was arraigned by the police for assaulting a woman at a sex toy shop in Abuja. He initially claimed he was also attacked at the shop, arguing that the video was doctored.

But following a backlash, he tendered an apology describing himself as an ambassador of Christ.

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On Thursday, the surrendered to the FCT police command and was grilled for hours, spending the night in custody.

Abbo risks a three-year jail sentence if convicted of assault.

The criminal code act (2004) reads: “Any person who unlawfully assaults another and thereby does him harm is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years.

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