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Ekweremadu’s house burgled, not assassination attempt -Police

Contrary to claims,security incident at the home of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu is burglary and not an assassination attempt!

Giving an initial report of its investigation into the alleged assassination attempt on Ekweremadu, police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said four policemen, who were on duty at the time of the invasion of his home by the gunman, had been arrested.

A member of the Civil Defence Corp on duty there is also under arrest, he added.

The police said investigation revealed that the suspects burgled another house before getting to Ekweremadu’s home.

Also arrested is one Mohammed Yusuf from Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State. Another person simply identified as Ali had been declared wanted by the police in connection with the incident.

Moshood listed the items recovered from the suspect as including motor jack, big screw driver, big rod, a small kitchen knife and other house-breaking implements.

The police statement said: “The residence of Deputy Senate President on No 2, Jim Nwobodo Street, APO Legislative Quarters, was broken into by Mohammed Yusuf of Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, who was arrested at the scene and now in police custody along with one Ali (other name unknown), who escaped from the scene at about 0430hrs, November 6, 2018.

The police spokesman added that preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President and his family, “but a case of burglary”.

“However, investigation is still ongoing to determine, if there is any other motive behind the offence. The same suspects had earlier at about 0300Hrs broken into the residence of one Mr. Haliru Adamu of No. 38 Denis Osadebey Crescent, APO Legislative quarters, where they stole phones, jewelries and other valuables before proceeding to the residence of the Deputy Senate President,” the statement added.

Ekweremadu, at the plenary on Tuesday, narrated how armed men broke into his house in what he alleged to be a failed assassination attempt.

Ekweremadu said, “It is with gratitude to Almighty God that I will like to tell my colleagues, my constituents and the general public that myself, my wife and my son narrowly escaped assassination in the early hours of this morning. It was about 4am that some people evaded the security in my house and got all the way to my room where I was sleeping with my wife.

“I don’t intend to give details as the police are on this matter. But there was a struggle, there was a fight, and there was a heavy commotion. By the grace of God, we eventually caught one of them and the rest escaped. We were able to hand over that one to the police, who are now investigating the matter.

“The annoying aspect of it; the one that is very worrisome was that I called the Inspector-General of Police, his phone was off. I called some of his aides, I have their numbers; the calls rang out and nobody has replied till now. I called the DIG Operations several times – up to about 6am that I left my house, nobody showed up.”

Ekweremadu lamented that Nigerians were no longer safe, even in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, described Ekweremadu’s experience as “terrific and unfortunate”.

Saraki said, “As you said, it is under investigation. But it is unfortunate the security situation in Abuja. More disturbing is the poor response by the police. I hope that the police are not being partisan in the way they treat cases of such.

“Mr. Chairman of the Police (Committee, Senator Abu Ibrahim), said, please go and find out what exactly happened.”

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