Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, has been ordered by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to N50 millions in damages to Osimibibra Warmate, the woman he assaulted on camera in March 2019.
Abbo had been charged with two counts of criminal use of force and criminal assault when he was arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja on July 8, 2019 after the incident which occurred in a sex shop.
The magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, ruled in July 2020 that the evidence and exhibits tendered to the court did not prove the criminal charges against the lawmaker.
However, a fundamental rights suit filed by Warmate before the High Court has found Abbo liable for the assault.
The lawmaker was asked to pay a fine of N50 million and tender a public apology to his victim.
A report submitted last year by a Senate committee that investigated the case against Abbo is yet to be considered by the chamber because the case was also in court.