Six months after he was caught on tape assaulting a woman, Senator Elisha Abbo (Adamawa North – PDP) has been honoured with a “Beacon of Hope” award.

The controversial senator received the award at the 4th edition of the Adamawa Celebrities and Achievers Awards (ACAA) which took place in Yola, Adamawa on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The emergence of a video that captured Abbo assaulting a woman led to widespread outrage in July.

The incident happened in May 2019, just a month before Abbo was sworn in as a senator of the 9th Senate. Many Nigerians called for the lawmaker to be suspended by the Senate, and prosecuted in court. Despite initial defiance, the lawmaker issued a very public, teary-eyed apology to his victim and asked her, and Nigerians, for forgiveness days after the video’s emergence.

However, he pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal use of force and criminal assault when he was arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja. His trial continues to drag in court. The Senate also set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the incident and report back in two weeks, but the probe has since stalled.

Abbo was similarly honoured with an “ICON at Democracy” award by the Intercommunity Awareness for Change and Development Initiative (IACDI) just weeks after the incident in July.

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