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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu Hails Arraignment Of False Whistleblower

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu yesterday asked the police to conduct thorough investigation to determine the masterminds of the raid in his Abuja guest house. Ekweremadu stated this while hailing Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on the prosecution of one of the false whistleblowers, who the police claimed misled them into raiding his official guest house in Abuja on Friday.

Reacting to the arraignment of the suspect, Ahmed Echodo, before an Upper Area Court, Gudu, Abuja, yesterday, Ekweremadu said such would serve as a lesson to other false whistleblowers and agencies of government.

The Deputy Senate President, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media)  Uche Anichukwu in Abuja, noted that beyond the arraignment, the police should dig deeper to determine if there were influential masterminds behind the incident.

Ekweremadu said: “I want to give the police hierarchy the benefit of doubt that it did not authorise the impunity, harassment and witch-hunt executed by police officers on my official guest house last Friday, and that the police were misled.

“I hope the swift arraignment of the alleged whistle blowers will be emulated by other security and anti-corruption agencies and also serve as a deterrent to those who lend themselves as willing tools to people out to intimidate and persecute others as well as tarnish their image for whatever motives.

“But beyond the arraignment, I urge the police to dig deeper to determine if there were influential masterminds behind the incident as a bird does not dance by the roadside without a drumbeater somewhere in the bush.

“Perhaps, if the attempt on my life on November 17, 2015 was taken seriously by the security agencies, those who desperately seek to destroy me by all means possible would have been fished out or had a rethink.”

He noted that although the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, earlier insisted that the raid during which nothing incriminating was found was not carried out by men of the force, the police, however, yesterday arraigned Echodo for allegedly conspiring with one Maiwada Adamu, now at large, to mislead them into the raid.

Credit: The Nation

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