Wednesday, February 21THE LEGISLATURE

How I Escaped Assassination – Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu

One Suspected assassin arrested

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday gave account of how he caught a hired assassin with dangerous weapons in his house early Tuesday morning.

Explaining through Order 42 of Senate rules, he said, his security details and himself engaged one of them who was being led to his bedroom by his son after he was overpowered, but others escaped having seen their courage.

Ekweremadu expressed regret that the Inspector General of Police phone lines were off when he made a distress call, noting that no life was safe in the country again.

“At 4am this morning, assassins entered my house and were being led by my son to my bedroom, but were engaged in a fight and struggle and we later caught one of them while others escaped.

“But the most annoying part of the issue was that I called the IG of Police and his line was off.

“I called the DIG, but no response and I then reported the matter to Apo Divisional Police and they came and saw the dangerous weapons we seized from them.”

“I want to say that there is no safety for anybody again and I want to thank God that I am alive to tell the story, though we have handed the criminal over to the police.”

Responding, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said, the Police need to sit up over the frightening security situation Nigerians find themselves.

“We want the Police to do a thorough investigation and should not be partisan over this and report back within 24 hours.

An aide to the DSP who does not want his name in print revealed that the armed men discreetly evaded the security at Ekweremadu’s Apo Quarters residence, to gain entry into his house.”

The attackers, did 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 to 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.

The aide said, “Ekweremadu, his wife, and one of his sons were in the house at the time of the attack”.

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