The Nigerian Police Force has said that Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, was a victim of a burglary attempt and not assassination as he claimed.
Backstory: A group of unknown men entered Ekweremadu’s house early on Tuesday morning after evading the security at his Apo Quarters residence.
Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Dep Senate President,Sen. 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
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) November 6, 2018
Ekweremadu reportedly told his colleagues in the Senate hours after the ordeal that it was an assassination attempt which he managed to escape because “there was a fight with heavy commotion”
Ekweremadu said: “It was about 4:00 a.m. this morning that 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 and the rest escaped.”
Ekweremadu said there was a poor response to his distress call, after having placed calls to the inspector-general of police and the deputy inspector-general without getting responses or feedback.
The police force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said that five persons on Ekweremadu’s security detail have been arrested for “negligent acts and dereliction of duty.”