Ekweremadu: 4 Policemen, 1 NSCDC Operative In Detention
Four policemen and one operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been arrested in connection with the alleged assassination attempt on the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.
Those arrested were on duty at the Abuja residence of Senator Ekweremadu on the day the assailants gained access into his home.
Senator Ekweremadu had said it was assassination attempt, but police dismissed the claim, saying that preliminary investigation showed it was just a case of Burglary.
The spokesman for the Police, Acting DCP Jimoh Mohood, gave an update on the issue that the police were investigating.
Mr Moshood told reporters in Abuja 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's spokesman again dismissed claims that the police took time to respond after the issue was reported to them.
It was not correct that the police responded after seven hours when the incident had occurred, Mr Moshood said..
He also told reporters 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 were being intensified to arrest the second suspect, Dan Ali, who escaped from the scene of the crime.
To improve security in the area, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the upgrade of Apo legislative quarters outpost to a divisional police headquarters.
Senator Ekweremadu, his wife and son, allegedly escaped assassination attempt at their Apo residence of Abuja early hours of Tuesday.
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