The Nigerian Police Force has said its investigation did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of burglary and attempt to commit robbery.
The principal suspect Mohammed Yusuf a native of Kauranamuda, Zamfara State who was arrested at the scene, admitted to the crime and mentioned one Ali (other name unknown) now at large, who escaped from the scene to have carried out the crime along with him
The force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood in a statement signed on Wednesday said Mohammed Yusuf during interrogation revealed that the suspects had no knowledge that the house belonged to the Deputy Senate President, and were not armed with any firearm or lethal weapon during the burglary.
According to the police, the exhibits which were recovered from the scene includes; Motor Jack, Big Screw Driver, a big Rod that broke out from the window of the kitchen to the house, a Black Small Touch Light and a small kitchen knife.
The police further stated that the Son to the Deputy Senate President, Barr. Lloyd Ekweremadu who was the person intercepted by the suspects in the residence has made voluntary statement to the Police describing how the incident took place.
“As demanded by the suspects. Barr. Lloyd Ekweremadu gave the suspects the impression that it was his wife that is in the room he was knocking. “honey open the door” “it is me junior and I am here with some men and I’m at gun point, the point was to give his parent a lead up that something was going wrong” before his father now open the door and the intruder were taken off guard and I proceeded to grab the principal suspect (now in custody).
“In this process, one of the two (2) suspects Mohammed Yusuf was over powered and arrested while the second suspect One Ali now at large escaped. The house breaking implements mentioned above were recovered from them.”
The police however informed that investigation is still ongoing and effort is being intensified to arrest the other suspect at large.
The police also informed that the Four (4) Police personnel and One (1) personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps on duty at the residence of the Deputy Senate President at the time of the incidence have been arrested and are still in detention and being investigated for negligent acts and dereliction of duty.
“It is also not correct that Police responded after seven (7) hours, the residence of the Deputy Senate President share fence with the APO Legislative quarters Police post.”
The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed the upgrade of the APO Legislative quarters Police post which was hitherto under the control of National Assembly Division to a Divisional Police Headquarters to be manned by a Divisional Police Officer (DPO).
The Nigeria Police Force also called for patience and understanding from the Deputy Senate President, and the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria to allow the Police to carry out a thorough and discreet investigation into the incident and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.