Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Tuesday escaped a suspected assassination attempt.
The assassination attempt, which occurred between the Apo Flyover and Dantata Construction Company’s yard, close to the Old Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Headquarters Junction at about 10 a.m. as Ekweremadu was on his way to the National Assembly, was, however, not disclosed to Senate correspondents until very late in the evening.
"The suspected assassins, who operated in an unmarked, tinted, brand new, white-coloured Mercedez Benz AMG E63, were chauffeured by a man, who looked like a Middle-Easterner.
"The vehicle, which was positioned by the Apo Bridge, on noticing that the Deputy President of the Senate’s convoy took the right turn to join the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway instead, made a turn, and attempted to ram into the convoy, but was blocked.
"The driver, however, sped off to the Apo Roundabout, and on sighting the convoy of the Deputy President of the Senate, violently broke into the convoy, and made several frantic attempts to ram into the senator’s official car.
"The vehicle refused to stop when charged at by the security operatives attached to the Deputy President of the Senate, but when pushed to a tight corner, the Benz driver made a U-turn, and partially smashed an oncoming vehicle on the opposite lane of the highway and escaped.
"The development has already been reported to the security agencies," the Special Adviser on Media to the Deputy Senate President, Uche Anichukwu, wrote in an emailed statement.