Assassination Attempt: Shehu Knocks Police Over Degrading Ekweremadu Assassination
- Shehu Sani knocks police over degrading ekweremadu assassination attempt.
- Investigation revealed not an assassination attempt but a case of burglary, jimoh moshood.
Earlier yesterday, Ekweremadu’s media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, released a statement on the incident. It reads in part: “The attackers, who could not immediately shoot, in order not to attract the attention of the security personnel on duty, took hold of his son, and commanded him to lead them to the senator’s bedroom.
But police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement yesterday night said preliminary investigation revealed not an assassination attempt but a case of burglary. He however added that investigation was still ongoing to determine if there was any other motive behind the offence.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday relived how he escaped an assassination attempt, declaring that no one was safe in the country.
“Nobody is safe in this country. I want to appeal to my colleagues and the general public that we all continue to be prayerful and conscious of our private security. It appears that security is not in the hands of government but the Almighty God,” Ekweremadu told senators at the Red Chamber.
According to the lawmaker, “it was about 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning that some people evaded the security in my house and got all the way to my room where I was sleeping with my wife. There was a struggle. There was a fight with heavy commotion. And by the grace of God, we eventually caught one of them and the rest escaped.”
Ekweremadu, however, expressed displeasure at the immediate response by the police. “We handed that one over to the police investigating the matter. The annoying aspect or the one that is worrisome is that at that point, I called the Inspector General of Police. His phone was (switched) off. I called some of his aides. Their phones rang out. Nobody replied, till now. I called DIG Operations. Till I left my house, nobody showed up.
“I then asked my people to invite the DPO in-charge of Apo police station. We didn’t see him till about 5:30 a.m. He sent his second-in-command who came and saw the dangerous weapons they left behind. He left and said that the DPO was coming. Until I left my house by 9:00 a.m., the DPO had not come.”
Though Ekweremadu was optimistic the police would be “on top of the matter shortly,” the Senate went ahead and directed the committee on police affairs to investigate the alleged poor response by the operatives. The chamber also warned the police against partisanship, saying this could provoke grave national consequences.
“It is unfortunate having this security situation in Abuja, Senate President Bukola Saraki said while ruling on the motion. “I hope the police are not being partisan with the way they treat cases. You are the deputy senate president. And (if) at your level, you did not get response over seven hours, I think it is very unfortunate,” he added.
“The arrested member of the gang has however refused to divulge any information on the operation and has been handed over to the police. Ekweremadu, his wife, and one of his sons were in the house at the time of the attack.
“It would be recalled that the lawmaker narrowly escaped an attempt on his life in Abuja on November 17, 2015. Although the 2015 incident was reported to the security agencies, nothing has been heard about the matter till date.”
Nigerian police Tuesday night said the country’s deputy senate president was a victim of a burglary attempt and not assassination as he claimed. “Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Dep Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of Burglary,” Nigeria Police Force tweeted on Tuesday.
But the Senator Ike Ekweremadu insisted that there was an attempt to kill him. He told his colleagues in the Senate hours after the assassination attempt that he was able to escape because “there was a fight with heavy commotion.”
He said the response to his distress call to the inspector-general of police and the deputy inspector-general in charge of operations were poor. “The annoying aspect or the one that is worrisome is that at that point, I called the Inspector General of Police,” Ekweremadu said.
“His phone was (switched) off. I called some of his aides. Their phones rang out. Nobody replied, till now. I called DIG Operations. Till I left my house, nobody showed up.”
Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood, however, said five persons on Ekweremadu’s security detail have been arrested “negligent acts and dereliction of duty.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has berated the Nigerian Police over a comment made on Tuesday’s failed assassination attempt on deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu.
Nigeria police Tuesday night said the country’s deputy senate president was a victim of a burglary attempt and not assassination as he claimed.
However, the comment made by the police has been deemed as a downgrade of a matter regarding insecurity by Ekweremadu’s colleague at the Nigerian Senate.
“The recent downgrade of the assassination attempt on DSP Ike’s life to ‘a burglary attempt’ means that for one to prove and convince the security agencies that there is a threat to his life, he or she has to actually be killed. And to prove more convincingly, he has to be buried,” Sani tweeted.