Paul Adah, a former member of the House of Representatives whose house was attacked by suspected assassins last Sunday has expressed shock that the police had to release those who were suspected to be behind the act, without even taking statements either from them or from his security detail.
"I am embarrassed that the boys who were caught in front of my house could be released without taking statement from them or my security detail. I do not know if this was a planned attack," Ada told TNN.
Last week's attack was the second attempt on him. He was first attacked shortly after his decision to quit the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015. He said he was surprised when he got to the State Housing Police Station on Monday and discovered that the suspects had been released. He said the policemen on duty told him that there was no incriminating material found on them.
On his part, the state commissioner of police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa dismissed insinuation that it was assassination attempt. According to Inuwa, "policemen were going around the area when they came across two people that were fighting. Nothing incriminating was recovered from them."
Narrating the latest incident, the former member of House of Representatives and former member representing Cross River State in the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said, "I was sitting within my compound with some friends when we heard some gun shots in front of my gate.
“My security men were at alert and they responded from the inside. When they later opened the gate to find out what was happening, they saw two men who were inside a Hilux van with government registration number.
"We saw police outside who said that they have been monitoring the movement of the vehicle around the Asari-Iso area before tracing them to my close. One of the boys was arrested hiding under the flower.
"They were alleged to have hidden their guns when the police came. I cannot say I suspect any foul play but it will be coincidental to have gun shots at your building and will assume it is normal."