Attack on Ekweremadu burglary, not assassination attempt –Police

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The invasion of the residence of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by some armed men on Tuesday has no link with assassination attempt.

This is the position of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the spokesman of the police, Jimoh Moshood, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, the case was that of burglary.

He said that was the much that had so far been gathered from the investigation conducted by the police in the case.

According to Moshood who identified the suspect arrested as Mohammed Yusuf, said a similar invasion was carried out on the residence of Ekweremadu’s neighbour, Haliru Adamu.

Adamu was said to have lost his cell phones and jewellery to the thieves when they entered his residence.

Ekweremadu was, however, lucky as he did not lose any material to the alleged thieves.

“Investigation so far carried out in the incident does not have any link to assassination attempt…

“The suspect has been assisting the police in the investigation into the matter. We have intensified efforts to arrest other suspects who escaped from the crime scene,” Moshood said.

Some armed men were said to have successfully avoided the security men and entered Ekweremadu’s premises on Tuesday, allegedly on an assassination mission.

They were reported to have quietly held his son and forced him to lead them into the senator’s room.

“It was in the ensuing struggle in the Senator’s bedroom that security was alerted, leading to the arrest of one of the assailants with dangerous weapon and housebreaking devices, while the rest managed to escape,” Ekweremadu’s Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu Anichukwu, was said to have stated in a statement he issued.

The Senate also commenced a probe into the case on Tuesday.

Its Committee on Police Affairs was directed to take up the case.

The decision followed the narration of the incident at plenary by Ekweremadu.

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