Urge IGP to revisit case Police engaged in cover up – Abaribe
SOUTH East Governors Forum has dismissed Police’s statement on the alleged assassination attempt on Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, saying it frowned at the claim that the incident was a burglary operation by hoodlums and called on Inspector-General of Police, Idris Abubakar to revisit the case.
Director General of South East Governors Forum, Professor Simon Ortuanya made this known yesterday while addressing a press conference in Enugu.
“The South East Governors Forum calls on the Police and other security agencies to undertake thorough investigation and bring the culprits to book.
We reject the hasty conclusion that the attack was a case of burglary, otherwise, the so called burglars would not have insisted on the Deputy Senate President’s son taking them to his father’s bedroom.
The careful and methodical execution of the plot points to something more sinister than burglary,” he said.
Similarly, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has expressed anger over the assassination attempt on the life of Senator Ekweremmadu, coming hard on Police for claiming that the attack was a burglary incident.
Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, dropped this hint yesterday describing the incident as “an attack too many.”
According to him, the police claim of burglary is ‘bogus’ noting that it was unthinkable and unconscionable.
“We can’t accept this because it flies in the face of logic. If they were indeed burglars, why would they order the Senator’s son to lead them to his father?
The Police owe Nigerians some explanation on this. We remain shocked and dismayed over this news. Indeed, this is an attack too many and must not be swept under the carpet. It is very worrisome considering that it is coming at a time Nigeria is approaching the electioneering period.
The attack also calls to question the security architecture of this nation. We say this because if this could happen to the number 5 person in the country, what becomes the fate of the common man in the street?
We call on the Inspector-General of Police to set up a crack team that will get to the root of this matter. May we also add that if the security agents can no longer secure him, we are ready to mobilise Igbo youths and give him the needed security,” he said.
Equally, Senator Enyinanya Abaribe yesterday indicted the police report as a cover up on attempted assassination raid of Ekweremadu’s family, accusing the police of carrying out hasty and docile investigation.
Meanwhile, Ekweremadu yesterday threatened to release video footage of the assassination attempt on his life and that of his family members unless police recants their ‘burglary’ claims.
“No thorough investigations were made by the police. I was shocked to hear that they had said it was a mere burglary case. My son, who was hospitalised, was not even interviewed by the police.
The police looked at the CCTV footage but could not figure it out. Fortunately, a technician came and was able to figure out the footage. Unless they withdraw their report, I will release the video to Nigerians to judge for themselves,” Ekweremadu said.
It will be recalled that while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, explained that the incident at Ekweremmadu’s residence was a burglary and not an assassination attempt.