The Senate has raised a seven-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the alleged assault on a woman at a sex-toy shop in Abuja by Senator Elisha Abbo (PDP, Adamawa North).
The senator, said to be the youngest in the chamber, was seen in a 10-minute video footage slapping a lady shop keeper after an altercation.
The offence of the lady appeared to be that she cautioned the senator not to attack the shop owner who Abbo claimed insulted him. He also claimed that the shop owner of calling him a drunk.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who set up the committee, named Samuel Egwu (PDP, Ebonyi North) as chairman with Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Stella Oduah, Dauda Jika, Danladi Sankara and Mohammed Sani as members.
Senator Uba Sani, (APC, Kaduna Central) had raised a point of order, that the image of the Senate had been dented by a video that went viral about a senator slapping a lady repeatedly. He asked the Senate to take decisive measures to redeem its battered image.
Sani claimed to have received over 110 calls from within the country and from friends across the shores of Nigeria, insisting that the Senate should take urgent steps to address the assault allegation.
Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi said full details of what happened should be known to enable the Senate take a definite decision.
Lawan said: “I received a lot of calls locally and internationally. We are going to be very responsible, we cannot condone any act of violence. If there is any act of violence against us, we cannot keep mute.
“We are privileged and we can’t let the people down. We will set up an ad-hoc committee. It will be an opportunity for the senator to state his side. The lady allegedly assaulted will also have the chance of stating her side.”