The Nigerian Police Force has cleared the air on reasons why the ‘slapping senator’ Senator Elisha Abbo is still working freely after a video of him slapping a nursing mother in an adult toy shop surfaced on the internet last week. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) revealed that the police is still gathering evidence to nail the senator
The police image maker, Frank Mba revealed this in an interview with The Nation Newspaper over the weekend. He said evidence are being put together to enable them effect an arrest against the senator, stating that one of the witnesses is currently not available to testify.
Frank Mba said the senator will be arraign as soon as all evidence are certified. He however decry the inability to obtain the original CCTV video recording stating that the shop is currently under lock.
“There is no update. The guy is on bail. We will arraign him as soon as possible. We want to be diligent in our investigation. There are just a few things that have been slowing our investigation. We are trying to put the witnesses together. The owner of the shop appears not to be around. Our detectives have visited the place several times and the shop is locked.
“I am not saying the owner is on the run because I do not believe so. I believe he probably travelled because the neighbour said the shop has been locked even before the video went viral. Coincidentally, we need to talk to her (owner’s daughter). We also need to view the original of the CCTV recording. Even though people might say we should use the video in public to charge him to court, it cannot stand because it was not originally sourced and has gone through so many hands.
“We want to view the original recording of the CCTV and put all our witnesses together. File a case and charge him to court. That is way, the case isn’t thrown out based on a technicality.” Mba said
The 41-year-old lawmaker was caught on camera assaulting a nursing mother inside a sex toy shop in Abuja on May 11th, has not been arraigned before a court.