The police have filed charges of assault against Elisha Abbo, the Nigerian senator seen on camera physically attacking a woman inside an adult store.
Mr Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District under the Peoples Democratic Party, will be arraigned Monday afternoon at the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Zuba, the police said.
Police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, told PREMIUM TIMES the police filed the charges after looking into Mr Abbo’s conduct in the viral video that was published on July 2 by PREMIUM TIMES.
The senator admitted on July 3 that he was the one in the video and apologised to the female victim and Nigerians, saying such violence should not define his longstanding conduct as a peaceful citizen.
It was not immediately clear whether the senator would plead guilty, but a police source told PREMIUM TIMES his recorded admission of wrongdoing apology would put him in an awkward situation in court.
A police source told PREMIUM TIMES Mr Abbo was being driven to court shortly before 12:00 p.m. for arraignment.
Court officials told PREMIUM TIMES the senator’s arraignment is on the list of cases to be heard today, but he had not arrived in court as of 12:10 p.m.
Nigerian police have dismissed one of their officers after a football fan was shot dead as he watched a match, in a case that has sparked public anger against the security services.
Kolade Johnson was watching a match involving English Premier League club Liverpool on Sunday when he was hit by a stray bullet fired by a police team on patrol.
Following public outrage, two officers were arrested and brought before an internal disciplinary hearing.
Lagos police spokesman Bala Elkana said “the first defaulter, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan, was found guilty of discreditable conduct… by shooting and killing Kolade Johnson”.
Olalekan was dismissed and handed over to the criminal investigation department for prosecution in a conventional court, the spokesman said in a statement late Thursday.
Elkana said there was no evidence linking the other officer to the killing and he “was therefore found not guilty and discharged and acquitted”.
Johnson’s death sparked public outrage and renewed opposition to the police units such as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which have long been criticised in Nigeria.
The unit has become synonomous with brutality, extra-judicial killings, torture, extortion and impunity.