The assault, which reportedly occurred on May 11, 2019, was done in the presence of an armed policeman who rather than assist the victim, arrested her.
In the video, published exclusively by Premium Times, Senator Elisha Abbo, who represents Adamawa North Senatorial District, is shown launching a brutal attack on a woman who tried to stop him from assaulting another woman attending to customers in the shop.
This has sparked outrage on Twitter with many including celebrities condemning the action of the Senator.
See some of the reactions below:
The case of Senator Elisha Abbo is very straightforward: the Police MUST IMMEDIATELY take three steps: 1. Arrest him (no formal complaint is needed with the evidence on tape) 2. Obtain his statement (if he’s willing to make one) and that of the victim 3. Arraign him in court.
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) July 2, 2019
I just watched the video of Senator Elisha Abbo beating up a shop attendant. That Senator has the capacity for murder. He is a threat to humanity. His fellow senators must condemn that barbarian act, the ones that aren’t Barbarians themselves. He should be made to pay for that!
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 2, 2019
I've been saying we need to pay attention to who we let into the National Assembly. Now look: a sitting senator caught on camera assaulting a woman. These are our "leaders".. our "lawmakers". Shame on us. Elisha Abbo should face the full wrath of the law:https://t.co/6XeHJ48mJF
— Banky Wellington (@BankyW) July 2, 2019
This is the face of the senatorial beast by the name of Elisha Abbo who physically assaulted a nursing mother for merely pleading with him to "take it easy." This medieval idiot has no place in d Nigerian senate. The senate must suspend him, and his constituents should recall him pic.twitter.com/tDnEW1VF0R
— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) July 2, 2019
The PDP could start off by suspending Senator Elisha Abbo representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, to demonstrate that they don’t condone assult and battery. The Senate can sanction him too.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) July 2, 2019
Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria Police @PoliceNG to investigate Senator Elisha Abbo (Adamawa North) for alleged assault on staff of an adult shop he patronizes in Abuja. Video of the senator assaulting women is widely available for police to act: #Nigeria @NGRSenate pic.twitter.com/UDvCu0wBiJ
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) July 2, 2019
To think that it was Elisha Abbo that spoke on behalf of newly-elected young legislators at the induction for them that I was invited to as a speaker. As @ChiomaChuka said to me that night and also tonight, he does not represent the #NotTooYoungToRun movement. He doesn’t! https://t.co/904xBE2qbA
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) July 2, 2019
Elisha Abbo is a woman beater he should step-down!! The senatorial seat is to make laws and protect the citizens. We won’t allow any individual to use that seat to oppress its citizens especially women enough is enough!!!!😡😡😡😡😡
— prettycurls (@Piriye1) July 2, 2019
Shame on you Elisha Abbo, some senator representing adamawa north senatorial district..
Shame on you!!
Putting hands on anyone is NOT acceptable..
Shame on you..👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎
— Kate Henshaw (@HenshawKate) July 2, 2019
We condemn unequivocally the assault of a woman by Sen Elisha Abbo as reported by @PremiumTimesng. This egregious violation of human rights is unacceptable, intolerable and it negates the principles of public leadership. Our leaders must be held to account.
— #NotTooYoungToRun (@YIAGA) July 2, 2019