A date has been picked for the trial of Elisha Abbo, a Nigerian senator who had allegedly struck a nursing mother in Abuja. Justice Abdullahi Ilelah had presided over the Zuba chief magistrates court Abuja and had fixed August 20 for the beginning of the trial.
The Senator is on trial for an offence on criminal force and assault, which is contrary to section 263 and 264 of the penal code in the Nigerian Constitution.
Jame Idachaba, counsel to the Nigerian Police, had on Monday, told the magistrate that Elisha Abbo had been arraigned on July 8, based on preliminary investigation.
He had asked the court for an adjournment so he could complete his investigation and enable him to provide defense the materials he would rely on. He consequently cited Sections 350 (2) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act 2015 and said that it is important that all proof of evidence has to be served before the commencement of trial. He asked the court to give him a date to open his case against the defendant, so he could comply with the order 350(2) of ACJA 2015.
Adegbite Adeniyi, Abbo’s counsel had no opposition to the oral application made by the prosecution counsel.
The Magistrate then asked the prosecution to supply the defense with the materials he would be using to defend his client and subsequently adjourned the case till August 20.