A Federal high court in Abuja has ordered Senator Elisha Abbo to pay the sum of N50 million to the nursing mother, identified as Osimibibra Warmate, he assaulted in a sex toy store.
The video of the incident went viral in May 2019 and instantly sparked public outrage. The youngest senator in Nigeria was caught on camera slapping Osimibibra inside the store.
Read the complete details of what transpired here.
Weeks after the incident, Senator Elisha Abbo apologized for his act at a media briefing in Abuja. He claimed he had never been known or associated with assault in the past, blamed it all on anger which he said he was sincerely sorry.
Senator Elisha Abbo broke down in tears as he pleaded that every one Nigerian men and ladies should forgive him, and added that the backlash he has faced up to now has taught him a lesson as a private citizen and a public officer.
Inspite of the video evidence and public apology, a court dismissed the charges against Abbo in July 2020, which caused more outrage. The presiding judge ruled that the evidence and exhibits tendered to the court did not prove the criminal charges against the lawmaker.
However, more than a year after the assault occurred, a Federal high court in Abuja found him accountable for the assault and has ordered him to pay N50M as compensation to Osimibibra Warmat.