Rep Toby Okechukwu, who represents PDP-Enugu in the Federal House of Representatives, has taken the police to the cleaners for what he described as the force’s poor response towards the alleged attack on the life of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his household.
Okechukwu said the matter was even more worrisome given both the calibre of the personality being attached and also the fact that several calls were actually put through to various officers at the early stages of the attack.
Okechukwu, spoke under matters of urgent public importance, during plenary presided by Speaker Yakubu Dogara in Abuja on Wednesday, after the house set up an ad hoc committee to look into that alleged attempt on the life of the Deputy Senate President.
The committee was also charged with the responsibility of investigating the circumstances regarding the late response of the police.
The resolution was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent public importance by Rep Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu) at a plenary presided by Speaker Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.
Okechukwu, who represents Aninri/Agwu/Oji-River Federal Constituency, expressed concern that such attack could take place at Ekweremadu’s residence with the calibre of security setup it had.
“The House notes that on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at about 4am, some men armed with dangerous weapons and house breaking devices discreetly evaded the security at the Apo residence of the deputy senate president and gained entry into his house.
“The House is aware that the armed men took hold of Sen. Ekweremedu’s son and commanded him to lead them to his father’s bedroom.
“The House is further aware that it was at the senator’s bedroom that a struggle ensued between the deputy senate president along with his son and the assailants, leading to the arrest of one of them while the rest managed to escape,” he said.
The lawmaker, who is also the chairman, House Committee on Works, stressed on the need to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians irrespective of class, tribe or religion.
Other lawmakers who contributed to the debate also expressed worry over the development.
When the Speaker, put the motion on a voice vote, it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.
Dogara asked the ad hoc committee to do a thorough finding and report back to the House within two weeks.
The House therefore urged relevant security agencies to ensure increased security and surveillance around Ekweremadu and other leaders of the National Assembly.