Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north, has reacted to the viral video which captured the moment he assaulted a nursing mother.
Speaking with Channels Television, Aboo said the incident occurred before he became a federal lawmaker.
He said he would soon make an official statement on the incident as the viral video did not capture the entire event that led to it.
He alleged that his sister had been beaten at the shop before his attention was called.
“We will soon release an official statement to the viral video which happened before I became a senator; where my younger sister was beaten to a pulp in a shop and I was called upon there (sic); where I had to call an ambulance and a policeman to come to the scene and it got out of hand I was also assaulted,” he said.
“It is an old video, but we will soon release a statement to that effect. It was my sister that was at the store and she was assaulted; in fact, she fainted in the shop but they compressed the video and cut that part out of it.
“They took her out to resuscitate her; the one standing with a cap is a doctor. The doctor had to come to give her life. My sister is not in the video, it was completely cropped out of it.
“This is a political season and now I am now a politician. Before I was not a politician but now the reality of the fact is that I am now a politician and politicians are not people who are liked; they (people) exhume things of 20 years and they hang it on their neck now.
“As I said before, we will release a robust response to everything, and we will also ask for the entire video to be released since they have the video. We will sit and discuss about the video. Just to be clear, that video was taken long before now and it was released just as this point.”
The video which was first released by Premium Times, had sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for the prosecution of the lawmaker.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police, has ordered that a comprehensive investigation be carried out on the incident.
The senate has also set up a committee to investigate the matter.