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Ekweremadu upset at police apathy after alleged assassination attempt

DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has criticised the response of the Nigeria Police Force after an assassination attempt was made on him and some members of his family early Tuesday.

Ekweremadu’s media aide, Uche Anichukwu, had issued a statement on Tuesday narrating how some hoodlums attacked Ekweremadu’s residence and successfully made it to his room, but a scuffle ensued and one of the attackers was overpowered and apprehended while the others escaped.

Narrating the incident at the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Ekweremadu berated the Nigerian police for their sluggish response after the incident was reported to them.

“It was about 4 am this 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,” he said.

“We handed that one over to the police investigating the matter. The annoying aspect of it or the one that is worrisome is that at that point, I called the inspector-general of police (IGP), his phone was off. I called some of his aides, their phones rang out and nobody replied till now. I called (the) DIG operations, till I left my house, nobody showed up.

“I now had my people invite the DPO in charge of Apo police station. We didn’t see him till about 5:30, he sent his 2nd-in-command who came and he saw the dangerous weapons that they left behind, he left and said that the DPO was coming. Until I left my house by 9 am, the DPO had not come.

“Nobody is safe in this country, I want to appeal to my colleagues and the general public that we all continue to be prayerful, be conscious of our private security, it appears that the security is not in the hands of government but the Almighty God.”

In his response, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, described the alleged slow response of the police as “disturbing”, wondering if the police were “being partisan with the way they treat cases”.

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