Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has threatened to release details of the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage to the media if the Police fail to withdraw its statement that the attack on him was a burglary attempt and not alleged assassination attempt.
The nation’s Number Five Citizen spoke against the backdrop of the dismissal of the by the Police of an alleged attempt to kill the Deputy Senate President.
He was contributing to a motion moved by Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia State), who condemned the preliminary investigations by the Police.
The lawmaker disclosed that since the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations and the FCT Police Commissioner visited him in the afternoon of the same day.
He added that the Police are yet to obtain a statement from his son who was still hospitalised as a result of the incident.
“They(The Police) looked at the CCTV tapes operated by the DSS and a staff of my house, apparently they were not able to figure it out. So it was easy for them to quickly dismiss what really happened,” he said.
But Ekweremadu disclosed that he has been able to figure out the correct picture of what happened and disclosed that he now has the video clip.
“Unfortunately for them, later yesterday evening a technician came and was able to figure out and was able to produce the CCTV footage, including how they gained entrance into my house and how they got a way into my room and the fight between them my wife and my son and all the efforts we made to save our lives. I am happy that we have that in our custody which the police is not aware of. I am sure that Nigeria will be shocked on what transpired and all the efforts made to save our lives. Now that the police appears to have concluded the case, unless they withdraw the statement that it is a mere case of burglary, I may now be forced to release those footage to the media, international communities so that Nigerians and ordinary people judge whether it was a case of burglary or attempt to kill me or whether they just want to come to my house to have a breakfast or have a handshake with me.”
According to the Deputy Senate President, “It appears to me that the man who said it was a mere case of burglary does not know what burglary is about. He doesn’t need any teaching he just needs to go into the internet and find out what burglary is really about. He can compare if it is the same with what happened in my house.”
Ekweremadu also said he might accept offers by some Nigerians who want to offer free security in his house.
Other lawmakers who spoke on the issue on the floor of the Senate, said it was hasty for the Police to dismiss the assassination attempt, urging the security agency to withdraw the statement.
The Nigerian police had on Tuesday night said the country’s Deputy Senate President was a victim of a burglary attempt and not assassination as he claimed.
“Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Dep Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of Burglary,” Nigeria Police Force tweeted on Tuesday.