The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu yesterday, threatened to release the CCTV footage of the attempted assassination on him and his family early Tuesday morning to ridicule Police claims that “it was a mere burglary.”
He chided the Nigeria Police for attributing the incident to burglary without carrying out a thorough investigation, saying something was wrong with the nation’s security agency.
Ekweremadu’s threat followed a point of order by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who stated that the Police did not carry out investigation before attributing the incident to burglary.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I appreciate your concern over what happened to me and my family,” Ekweremadu said.
“I was surprised seeing reports in print and social media where the Nigeria Police said, it was a mere burglary when my son who is currently recuperating in the hospital has not been interviewed.
“At about 2.00pm yesterday (Tuesday), the Deputy Inspector General of Police came to inspect my house, but investigation has not been carried out. I want to say something is wrong with our system.
Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani, called for seriousness on the part of Security agents, noting that prominent persons were murdered in the past with inconclusive investigations.
“All have been said about attempted assassination on DSP. We have barbaric murder of Agom Adara in Southern Kaduna.
“General Idris Alkali was killed recently and we have taken killing of other innocent citizens lightly. Not because it involves one of our own, but all Nigerians.
“Senate must be decisive on killings this time. For Police to quickly say its mere burglary, we must come up with a resolution that would make our Police officers sit up.”
Senate was unanimous that the Police must not be partisan when lives of Nigerians were endangered.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, adopted a motion that the Police Reform Bill must be fast-tracked within the next two weeks to ensure professionalism.
…Atiku, Saraki, other PDP leaders endangered – Ex-APC scribe
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has warned that the lives of major opposition party leaders such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki are not safe.
Frank stated further that desperation of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, to get re-elected in next year’s election is dangerous for the country.
Speaking in reaction to the recent assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Frank stressed that it was a direct vindication of his earlier position that the lives of major opposition party leaders in the country are not safe.
The statement, which was made available to newsmen yesterday, claimed that the ruling party was doing everything possible to stop Atiku Abubakar, Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, some governors and other major opposition party leaders across the country.
He called on the international community to keep an eye on happenings in Nigeria as the country approaches the 2019 general elections, and urged well-meaning Nigerians to speak up against the evil plans of the APC administration against the opposition leaders.
Frank also said that a thorough investigation must be carried out by security agencies to unravel the real sponsors of the suspected killers.
“When I raised the alarm some months back, some people called me names. They said I was raising an unnecessary alarm. The current event, regarding the assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President has vindicated me and the information at our disposal shows that the APC government is still desperate to eliminate all the strong voices through whatever means, to ensure the party wins presidency in 2019.
“Of recent, PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and some of his family members were threatened with death by some apologists of the APC but surprisingly nothing has come out of the investigation into the matter despite a letter written to the President himself and the reported arrest of a suspect responsible for the heinous plot.
“We are calling on Nigerians to be vigilant and get ready to protect their votes because this government will do everything possible to steal the mandate of the people in 2019,” the former APC deputy spokesman stated.
…4 officers arrested
The police have confirmed that four of its officers and a civil defence official have been arrested in connection with the attack on the residence of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on Tuesday.
Ekweremadu had narrated how his family was attacked which he described as an assassination attempt.
The Deputy Senate President criticised what he described as the poor attitude of relevant senior officials of the police to the attack.
In its reaction to the attack, the police on its verified Twitter handle, Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG), said its preliminary investigation showed the incident was a “burglary.”
“Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Dep Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of Burglary. However, investigation is still ongoing to determine if there is any other motive behind the offence.
Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of burglary. However, investigation is still ongoing to determine if there is any other motive behind the offence.
“There was no delay in Police intervention in the incident that occurred in the residence of the DSP. 4 Police personnel and 1 personnel of the NSCDC on duty at the residence of the DSP at the time of the incidence have been arrested and currently in detention for investigation.”