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Sex-toy-shop assault: What happened in court on Monday as Sen. Abbo’s trial commences

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Abuja, a court of magistrates based in Zuba, has ordered Nigerian police to make available all evidence to be used in Senator Elisha Abbo’s trial on August 20, 2019 to begin the trial.

The presiding magistrate, Abdullahi Ilellah, gave the order on Monday at the resumption of the hearing of the case.

He said he would not accept any request for postponement, urging the prosecution to speed up the investigation and deliver all the necessary materials to the accused.

The attorney for the prosecution, James Idachaba, requested a postponement of the matter to comply with the provisions of article 350 (2) of the Criminal Justice Administration Act (ACJA) of 2015.

He argued that they needed more time to complete the investigations on the evidence of the evidence on which they will base their case.

He added that the forensic analysis should be performed on the CCTV video evidence in line with the evidence law. He said they are taking care not to break the law.

In his own communication, the defense lawyer, Adegbite Adeniyi, noted that they had the right to see the material evidence before the trial, adding that it will allow them to prepare for their defense.

Abbo was indicted on July 8 on a two-count charge that skirted the assault of a lactating woman at a sex toy store in Abuja. The offense is punishable under sections 263 and 264 of the criminal code law.

Judge Ilella in the ruling postponed the matter until August 20 to begin the trial.

GISTOK recalls that the Senate had established a special committee with Senator Samuel Egwu as president to investigate the alleged assault by Abbo of a nursing mother in a sex toy store.