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100 lawyers blast police over handling of alleged assassination attempt on Ekweremadu

100 lawyers blast police over handling of alleged assassination attempt on Ekweremadu

- No fewer than 100 lawyers in Nigeria are not happy with the country's police for the way it is currently handling the alleged assassination attempt on Ike Ekweremadu's life

- Under the Enugu West senatorial zone lawyers forum, the legal practitioners say the deputy Senate president deserves to be protected

- The lawyers want President Buhari to prevail on the police to live up to expectation

The Enugu West senatorial zone lawyers forum made up of 100 lawyers has condemned the hasty conclusion by the Nigeria police on the attempted assassination of the deputy Senate president, Prof Ike Ekweremadu, recently.

The chairman of the forum, Peter Ajah, made the assertion during a peaceful protest in Enugu on Thursday, November 8.

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

Legit.ng learnt that Ajah recalled that few days ago, the Abuja residence of the deputy Senate president was invaded by hoodlums.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) states that the legal practitioner said that when he heard the news of his assassination attempt, he was shocked because of the rate at which his life was being threatened.

“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 quite 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.

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The report said the secretary of the forum, Seth Nwaokoro, also stated that he was not comfortable with the report of the Nigeria Police.

According to Nwaokoro, 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 he was shocked 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.

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The forum urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the police to do the needful to ensure total peace in the country.

The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and son reportedly escaped an assassination attempt at their Abuja residence.

The incident took place at about 4am on Tuesday, November 6, Ekweremadu's spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, said in a statement sent to Legit.ng.

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