The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has said that men of the Nigeria Police Force from the Inspector- General of Police Special Squad, raided his official guest house on Friday at about 8:00 a.m.
Ekweremadu made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichuwu on Friday.
He said the Police, however, did not find anything incriminating during the raid at the premises located at No. 10 Ganges Street, Maitama, Abuja.
”They met the steward, Oliver Ogenyi, and some of Ekweramdu’s staff and their children in the house.
”In spite of the fact that they were informed that the property is the guest house of the Deputy President of the Senate, they nevertheless proceeded to thoroughly search the house without establishing any contact with the Deputy President of the Senate or any of his senior staff.
”The steward was taken away by the Police to the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) Office, Garki, Abuja, where the IGP Special Squad’s office is also located.
”Ogenyi was later released after making a statement.
“The Deputy President of the Senate is a law-abiding citizen and does not dispute the fact that the security agencies are empowered by law to carry out searches on premises in accordance with the law.
”However, the law requires that the owner of the property or his representative must be informed and should be present during the search, ” the spokesman noted.
Ekweremadu, according to the statement, is worried about the manner in which his guest house was raided.
“The questions are: Was there a search warrant? What were they looking for? Who searched the police officers before the search? Who supervised the search?
The statement recalled efforts in the past to incriminate the deputy president of the senate.
Meanwhile, the Force Pub.ic Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, told the News Agency Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) that the raid was not carried out by the Nigeria Police Force.(NAN)