By Obinna Uchendu, Abakaliki
Chairman South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umah has called for a thorough investigation into the recent assassination attempt on Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife and son.
Governor Umahi while receiving the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 6, Mr. Samuel Adeyemi said the South East zone was not satisfied with the police preliminary investigation into the matter which said the attack was a case of burglary and called for full scale investigation into the attempted assassination.
He said the reason for the call for investigation into the attempt on the lives of Ekeremadus was to rebuild the confidence of the people on the Nigeria police as being able to protect the lives and property of Nigerians adding that if the case is not followed to its logical conclusion, it may lead to loss of confidence in the security agencies.
Governor Umahi noted that the police report of the attempt on the lives of the Ekweremadus was not acceptable as true, adding that a
case that led to the near kidnap of Ekeremadu’s son and forcing him to
open the door leading to his father’s room was not a mere burglary
“We demand as people of South that Police should do thorough
investigation and bring those behind the attack to book. I also on
behalf of the entire South East Governors call on the police to try
and protect the lives of our people anywhere in the country”
The Governor further disclosed that the Nigeria’s continued existence
will be determined by free and credible general election in 2019 even
as he warned that Ebonyi state will resist any attempt to rig election
in the state.
“Let votes of Nigerians count; let us not do something that will
endanger the lives of the people or the lives of our security agents
because the people are going to resist any form of intimidation to rig
election in 2019”
Earlier in his address, the AIG in charge of Zone 6, Calabar, Samuel
Adeyemi described Governor David Umahi as a man of peace and a
security conscious person and assured him of credible and peaceful
general election in 2019.
The AIG said the police would remain neutral in the coming general
election, adding that their constitutional duty which maintenance of
peace, law and order top the list must be followed to the later.
He said the governor has gone ahead to bring peace in the state and
went ahead to show the place of security in the heart of the governor.
He said it is very wrong for people to jump the CP and write petition
straight to AIG.
“It is very important to ensure free and fair and peaceful election.
It is our promise to assure you that police will be neutral. We don’t
have any political interest and we are impartial umpire. All we need
is your corporation and encouragement to us with logistics like
vehicles to work for effective policing”. Ends