Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu, has reported an assassination attempt on him, his wife and son on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Ekweremadu at the senate plenary today told his colleagues how he and his family escaped the gunmen who came to kill them.
“It is with gratitude to (the) 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 4 am this morning. 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. The rest escaped.”
Ekweremadu noted that to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigation by the police, he will not talk much about the incident.
He said that one of the gunmen apprehended has been handed over to the police, but however expressed displeasure over the way the Nigeria Police is handling the situation.
“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 9 am, the DPO had not come.”
His aide, Uche Anichukwu, had reported the incident this morning.
According to him; “the armed men discreetly evaded the security at Ekweremadu’s Apo Quarters residence, to gain entry into his house.
“The attackers, who could not immediately shoot in order not to attract the attention of the security personnel on duty, took hold of his son, and commanded him to lead them the Senator’s bedroom,” he added.
“It was at the Senator’s bedroom that a struggle ensued, leading to the arrest of one of the assailants with dangerous weapons and housebreaking devices, while the rest managed to escape.
“The arrested member of the gang has, however, refused to divulge any information on the operation and has been handed over to the police.
“Ekweremadu, his wife, and one of his sons were in the house at the time of the attack.”