Senator Abbo Granted N5m Bail After Pleading Not Guilty
The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Zuba has granted bail of N5 million to Elisha Abbo, hours after the police arraigned the senator on two counts of criminal assault.
The magistrate also said the senator must present two competent sureties to the court to secure his appearance in subsequent hearings on the criminal charges.
Abbo pleaded not guilty to both charges, sidestepping his admission of wrongdoing and an apology to both the victims and Nigerians last Wednesday.
The police filed two counts of criminal use of force and criminal assault against Mr Abbo on Monday morning, days after he was caught on video assaulting a woman in Abuja.
Police detectives had established a prima facie case against the Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
Evidence deduced from the video showed Abbo repeatedly slapping his victim for intervening in an argument between him and the shop owner.
The admission by the senator in a Press statement he issued last week was also added to the bulk of evidence against him.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command had interrogated the lawmaker last Thursday and subsequently detained him for 24 hours.