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Published On: Wed, Nov 7th, 2018

Gunmen invade Ekweremadu’s Abuja residence

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•Saraki, Dogara, PDP condemn attack

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The residence of Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu was invaded by gunmen at about 4am on Tuesday. The armed men discreetly evaded the security at Ekweremadu’s Apo Quarters residence, to gain entry into his house.
This was confirmed in a statement yesterday by the Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate.
According to the statement, “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.
“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.
“It could be recalled that the lawmaker narrowly escaped an attempt on his life in Abuja on November 17, 2015.
“Although the 2015 incident was reported to the security agencies, nothing has been heard about the matter till date”, the statement said.
While reacting to the incident yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expressed grave concerns over the attempt.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said, “the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed grave concerns over yet another attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President,
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who, early this morning, was attacked alongside members of his family by assailants, at his official residence in Apo, Abuja.
“This latest attack raises our fears that certain forces, who have been hostile to Senator Ekweremadu’s political standing, are still bent on silencing him at all cost.”
The PDP draws the attention of Nigerians to the series of uninvestigated security threats around the person of Senator Ekweremadu.
Nigerians could recall that on November 17, 2015, a similar attempt was made on Senator Ekweremadu’s life by some assailants on his way to work.
“Though that attack was reported to the authorities, there have been no investigations by the security agencies, no arrests have been made and no culprit has been brought to book. Instead, the Senator has been a subject of unrelenting harassments and attacks on his person and office since his emergence as Deputy Senate President, including the May 26, 2017 invasion of his official quarters by security agencies, purportedly in search of phantom caches of arms, and the July 24, 2018 siege of his official residence at Apo Quarters.”
Meanwhile, the Senate has mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the alleged assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and members of his family.
Ekweremadu narrated the ordeal to his colleagues at plenary on Tuesday, noting that one of the armed men was arrested.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, berated the Nigeria Police for their alleged late response to Ekweremadu’s emergency calls.
He also mandated the committee to follow up on the investigations by the police.
Equally, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, had condemned the attack on the deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, his wife and son.
The Speaker noted in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs)
Turaki Hassan, said, “As the 2019 elections draw closer, the Nigeria Police and indeed all security agencies must ensure that acts of intimidation and coercion such as political assassinations are prevented.
He added that the attack was a clear indication that insecurity in the country has climaxed to the point that nowhere and nobody is safe in the country.
“There is no room for excuses anymore. The security agencies must be alive to their responsibility of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians. This is unacceptable. The Police must ensure that the gunman and all those involved are not only apprehended but brought to justice.”

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