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Assassination attempt: Ekweremadu expresses shock, disappointment at police

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Deputy Senate President (DSP), Ike Ekweremadu has expressed shock and disappointment at the manner the police and Inspector General of Police responded to the assassination attempt on his life including his wife and son.

The DSP while narrating his experience on the floor of the house regrets that no one is safe anymore in the country.

Uche Anichukwu, a media aide of Ekweremadu, had said the Abuja residence of the deputy senate president was invaded by gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday

Ekweremadu said, “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 rest escaped.”

“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 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 sent that the DPO was coming until I left my house by 9am, 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 reaction, the Senate President Bukola Saraki said the alleged poor response of the police is “disturbing.”

“It is unfortunate the security situation in Abuja. What is more disturbing Is the poor response of the police. I hope the police is not being partisan with the way they treat cases,” Saraki said.

“I hope the chairman of the police finds out what happened to ensure. You are the deputy Senate President; no response for over seven hours is unfortunate.”

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