The Senate will still go ahead in investigating Senator Elisha Abbo, for assaulting a woman in a shop at Abuja as was seen on a videotape which was released few weeks ago, despite the criminal case filed against the Senator by the Police in court.
This is as the Ad hoc committee set up by the Senate to investigate the alleged case of misconduct of the youngest Senator in the country, told the Senate that the victim who is in the middle of the storm has refused to honour the invitation of the Upper Legislative Chamber.
According to THE PUNCH, Senator Sam Egwu, the chairman of the panel who made this statement at the plenary on Wednesday, said that every effort made by the committee to ensure that the assaulted lady and the shop owner appears before the panel have proved abortive so far.
Senator Egwu further said that the embattled Senator has himself refused to make any submissions before the ad hoc panel as he said doing so would amount to subjudice.
The former Governor of Ebonyi State said that both the FCT Police Commissioner and the victim’s lawyers have kicked against the idea of making submissions before the committee, citing the same reasons given by the Senator.
The Chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee on the case therefore made a request that the matter should be stepped down until the case which was instituted against the Adamawa Senator by the police was determined by the court.
Ahmed Lawan, the President of the Senate however disagreed with Senator Egwu, as he emphasized that the panel could go ahead with its own investigations notwithstanding the court case.
The Senate President also pointed out that the Senate was only investigating the alleged misconduct of one of its members and not the criminal case against him as the police was already handling that.
Egwu then requested for a one-week extension from the leadership of the senate to enable him submit the report of the panel.
The Senate President granted the request.
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