By Joseph Edeh
The Police said it had arrested four of its personnel on duty at the residence of Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, when the alleged assassination attempt on him took place.
Also arrested, according to the Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Mohood, is one personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also on duty at Ekweremadu’s home at the time.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekweremadu, his wife and son, allegedly escaped assassination attempt at their Apo residence of Abuja early hours of Tuesday.
NAN also recalls that Ekweremadu narrowly escaped an alleged attempt on his life in Abuja on Nov. 17, 2015.
Moshood, who addressed newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the arrested officers were being investigated.
He said that there was no cover-up by the police in the investigation of the crime.
“The four policemen and one personnel of the NSCDC on duty at the residence of the deputy senate president at the time of the incident have been arrested and detained,” he said.
The Force spokesman said that it was not correct that the police responded after seven hours when the incident occurred.
He said that further investigation had showed that the incident was not an assassination attempt on the life of Ekweremadu.
“Update on further investigation did not reveal assassination attempt but a burglary attempt,” he said.
He added that the investigation so far revealed that the suspects in the case did not have idea that the residence belonged to the deputy president of the senate.
Moshood said that efforts are being intensified to arrest the second suspect, Dan Ali, who escaped from the scene of the crime.
He said that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the upgrade of Apo legislative quarters outpost to a divisional police headquarters.
Others to be upgraded, according to him, are Supreme Court, Kabusa and Trademore estate.
He explained that the upgrade was to reduce crime and criminal acts in the affected areas and improve police visibility in the FCT.
Speaking to newsmen, the principal suspect, Mohammed Yusuf, 25, said that they only went there to steal and not to assassinate him.
“We did not go to the residence of Ekweremadu to assassinate him or any body in the house,” he said.
He said that he had been into the act of stealing for five years without using gun, adding that his colleague (Dan Ali) escaped while he was caught.