Reps resolves to probe attack on Ekweremadu

OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has resolved to setup an ad hoc committee to investigate the attack on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The yet-to-be-named committee will investigate the circumstances surrounding the late response by the Nigeria Police Force to the Deputy Senate President’s home invasion.

The resolution is sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu).

While moving the motion, Okechukwu said: “It is with sadness and helplessness that I seek the intervention of this House on the attack on the Deputy Senate President. If it is not hoodlums, it will be harassment by security agencies.

“The sad part is the lack of prompt response from the Police. The senator had to resort to self-help. This put to question the type of policing we are having in this country,” he noted.

In his reaction, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Yakubu Bade, questioned the security detail attached to the Deputy Senate President, arguing that it is necessary to question the security personnel.

“The DSP has security details up to ten, although we are not aware of the situation. If the DSP is strong enough to hold one of them, what were the security doing?”

Bade also raised the issue of releasing funds to the security agencies, as contained in the budget.

Speaking against the motion, Suleiman Aminu (APC, Kano), questioned the narrative. He noted that even as a lawmaker, it is difficult for him to access the residence of the DSP, not to talk of hoodlums.

“Hon. Toby Okechukwu should respond to the questions raised by Hon. Bade. Where were the security details attached to the DSP? In my opinion, I can confirm that the security personnel attached to the DSP is up to a Police post. I cannot access the his house, how can hoodlums access the House of the DSP?” he asked.

In his contribution, Rotimi Agunloye urged the house to allow the Police to conduct the investigation, and not be judgemental by ruling out the Police’s initial report.

When the motion was put to vote by the presiding officer, the “ayes” had it and the relevant security agencies were urged to increase security and surveillance around the Deputy Senate President, as well as other leaders of the National Assembly.

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