Lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, has said that the Senate ad hoc committee had no legal right to question the embattled senator, Elisha Abbo, on Tuesday.
Falana reportedly said that although the Senate had the right to discipline its members, Abbo could not be questioned because the matter was already in a magistrate court and questioning him now would amount to “subjudice”.
Noting that Abbo was arraigned before a magistrate court, pleaded not guilty and granted bail.
He however, referenced the Senate rules which clearly state that when a matter is before the court of law, the Senate cannot discuss it.
After the embattled senator was seen in the viral video of him assaulting a lady, the Senate President subsequently set up a seven-man ad hoc committee headed by Senator Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State.
Before the committee could sit on Tuesday, however, the Police had already arraigned Abbo the previous day.
The committee was therefore asked to submit its report within two weeks.