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Police reacts to Ekweremadu alleged assassination attempt; arrests 4 police officers and a civil defence official

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

The Nigeria Police on Wednesday confirmed the attack on the residence of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Ekweremadu had raised an alarm over an alleged assassination attempt on him, his wife and his son, in the early hours of Tuesday by some unknown gunmen.

According to the police, investigation into the incident led to the arrest of four of its officers and a civil defence official.

The police while reacting to the attack said that its preliminary investigation showed it was a burglary and not attempt to kill the Deputy Senate President.

“Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Dep Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of Burglary. However, investigation is still ongoing to determine if there is any other motive behind the offence.

“There was no delay in Police intervention in the incident that occurred in the residence of the DSP. 4 Police personnel and 1 personnel of the NSCDC on duty at the residence of the DSP at the time of the incidence have been arrested and currently in detention for investigation,” the Police said on twitter.

Ekweremadu had however while narrating his story to his colleagues on Tuesday berated the police, saying that the poor handling of the issue by the police was worrisome.

“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,” Ekweremadu said.

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