…Demand comprehensive investigation
…Want IGP sacked
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday condemned in strong terms, the alleged attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who was Tuesday morning attacked alongside members of his family by assailants, at his official residence in Apo, Abuja.
The PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan expressed fear over the safety of the lawmaker, adding that certain forces are bent on silencing him.
It noted that the attacks on the Senator have assumed a frightening dimension since he became Deputy Senate President, even as it called on the authorities to do a holistic probe of Tuesday’s latest invasion of the lawmaker’s residence to unravel the identity of those behind the alleged assassination plot.
“The PDP draws the attention of Nigerians to the series of uninvestigated security threats around the person of Senator Ekweremadu.
“Nigerians could recall that on November 17, 2015, a similar attempt was made on
Senator Ekweremadu’s life by some assailants on his way to work. Though that attack was reported to the authorities, there have been no
investigations by the security agencies. No arrests have been made and no culprit has been brought to book.
“Instead, the Senator has been a subject of unrelenting harassments and attacks on his person and office since his emergence as Deputy Senate President, including the May 26, 2017 invasion of his official quarters
by security agencies, purportedly in search of phantom caches of arms, and the July 24, 2018 siege of his official residence at Apo Quarters.
“These were in addition to the invasion of the Senate chamber and carting away of the mace on the day Ekweremadu presided, in an otherwise very secure Three Arms Zone.
“The PDP family is, therefore, worried about the relentless attack on the Deputy Senate President, which we believe is part of a scheme to silence him,” the statement read in part.
The party called for an immediate wide-range probe into the attack “as well as an assurance from the federal government on the safety of the Deputy Senate President, as the nation is not ready to accept any harm on his person or his family at this critical time.”
On its part, CUPP described as “shocking” news of the botched assassination attempt, saying opposition figures were no longer save in their own country.
In a statement by its first spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, the coalition called for the interrogation of the arrested alleged assassin to ascertain the real sponsors of the failed move to harm the key opposition leader.
“The President should immediately sack the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and appoint a gallant and committed officer of the police that will help check the growing internal insecurity in the country,” the statement read.