Ekweremadu opens up on assassination attempt on him, his family


The Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu has recounted to his colleagues how he caught a hired assassin with dangerous weapons who invaded his residence in the early hours of Tuesday.

Coming under Order 42 of Senate rules during Tuesday’s plenary,  the lawmaker said he and his security details engaged one of the gunmen who was being led to his bedroom by his son after he was overpowered,  but others escaped having seen their courage.

He expressed regret that the phone line of the Inspector General of Police was off when he attempted to make a distress call, lamenting that no life was safe in the country again.

He said, “At 4am this morning, assassins entered my house and were being led by my son to my bedroom,  but we were engaged in a fight and struggle and we later caught one of them while the others escaped.

“But the most annoying part of the issue was that I called the IG of Police and his line was off.

“I called the DIG, but no response and I then reported the matter to APO  Divisional Police and they came and saw dangerous weapons we seized from them (the assassins).

“I want to say that there is no safety for anybody again and I want to thank God that I am alive to tell the story, though we have handed the criminal over to the Police. “

In his remarks, the Senate President,  Dr Bukola Saraki stated that the Police need to sit up over the frightening security situation Nigerians currently found themselves.

“We want the Police to do a thorough investigation and should not be partisan over this and report back within 24 hours,” Saraki said.

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