The absence of Senator Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother and the prosecution counsel, on Thursday, stalled the continuation of his trial in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court, in Abuja.
NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North Senatorial Zone, was arraigned on July 8, 2019, for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.
At the resumed hearing, the police counsel, James Idachaba, and the defendant, (Abbo) were not in Court.
However, Philip Tumba from the legal department of the FCT Police Command told the court that the prosecution counsel was attending a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police.
Tumba also said there was a letter of adjournment from the police, which was filed at the court registry yesterday (Wednesday) but not served on the defence.
Similarly, the defence counsel, Mr Isaac Adeniyi, apologised for the absence of the defendant, adding that “he had health challenges.”
Adeniyi, who did not object to the prosecution’s request for adjournment, said the dates suggested by the prosecution were not convenient for him.
In his ruling, the Presiding Magistrate, Abdullahi Illelah, adjourned the matter until February 6 for the continuation of trial.
NAN reports that the police alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.
He was also alleged to have slapped the complainant on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.