A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court has ordered Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north, to pay N50 million as compensation for assaulting Osimibibra Warmate last year.
In 2019, police arraigned Abbo before a magistrate court in Zuba, on a one-count charge for assaulting Warmate at a sex-toy shop in Abuja.
The video of the incident which was released online sparked outrage from all quarters, as many Nigerians demanded justice for the woman.
There was even more outrage in July 2020 when a court dismissed charges against Abbo.
The magistrate ruled that the evidence and exhibits tendered to the court did not prove the criminal charges against the lawmaker.
This is despite a video recording showing the assault and an apology from the senator admitting his wrong.
Weeks after the magistrate court found the senator not guilty of criminal assault, the FCT High Court has now found Senator Elisha Abbo liable for his assault on Osimibibra Warmate.
The court has ordered him to compensate the victim who filed fundamental rights suit marked CV/2393/19 before the FCT high court.
Delivering judgment on Monday, the judge found Abbo guilty and ordered him to pay N50 million to the complainant.
Lugard Tare-Otu and Nelson who identified themselves as Warmate’s lawyers confirmed the court’s verdict on Twitter.
I was a leading member of the team, with @nellymacaroni which filed the Court papers in a civil suit between Ms. Warmate v. Senator Elisha Abbo, for the assault of Ms. Warmate at an adult shop in Abuja. Excited to announce, Court slammed damages of N50m against Senator Abbo today
— Lugard Tare-Otu (@Lugard_Tareotu) September 28, 2020
Remember that video of a Nigerian Senator slapping/assaulting a young lady at a shop? Well justice was served today with the Court slamming the sum of N50M against the Senator. I am delighted to have represented that young lady in this suit. We say no more to oppression! https://t.co/zM9zQlEcH7
— Nelson! (@nellymacaroni) September 28, 2020