Lawyers Demand Investigation Into Assassination Attempt On Ekweremadu


The Enugu West Senatorial Zone Lawyers Forum has, on Thursday lambasted the Nigeria Police the hasty conclusion by the Nigeria Police on the attempted assassination of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on Tuesday.

Mr Peter Ajah, the Chairman of the forum, during a peaceful protest explained that the forum, made up of over 100 lawyers was worried because Ekweremadu, who is one of them, deserved protection like every other Nigerian.

Ajah explained that the forum, made up of over 100 lawyers was worried because Ekweremadu, who is one of them, deserved protection like every other Nigerian.

He recalled that few days ago, the Abuja residence of the deputy senate president was invaded by hoodlums.

The legal practitioner revealed that the assassination attempt against the deputy senate president is a pointer to the reality of poor security of life and property,

“Recall that in November 2015, there was an assassination attempt on the same man, not up to two months ago, his house was surrounded by some military personnel and he was held hostage in his house.

“You will also recall that not quiet long ago, he was also prevented from going to perform his legislative responsibility of which he was sent to the National Assembly to do.

“The deputy senate president has contributed so much to the growth of South-East, Nigeria and mankind and he has impacted so much in the political history of the zone.

“We have to keep an eye on the incident and condemn the continuous attack on Ekweremadu and his entire family.

“It is only a tree that would hear that they want to cut it and still stand where it is,’’ he said.

Contributing, the Secretary of the forum, Mr Seth Nwaokoro, said that he was not comfortable with the report of the Nigeria Police.

Nwaokoro said that a couple of hours after the attempted assassination occurred, the police came up to say that it was a mere burglary without proper investigation.

He said that it baffled him so much that the Nigeria Police could not investigate a matter and issue a conclusion.

The lawyer urged the Nigeria Police to live up to its expectations to ensure that lives and properties were safeguarded.

“This is an assassination attempt, for crying out loud they cannot just come and tell us that it is a mere burglary while they have not investigated the matter.

“An investigation cannot start and end in one day,’’ he said.