A 43-year-old man, Augustus Akpan, is now cooling his heels in police custody after he was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar.
While parading the suspect at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Force spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood, said the suspect not only threatened to kill the politician but also threatened to rape his wife and daughters.
The suspect, an indigene of Edemaya village in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, according to Moshood, had used a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phone to send the threat messages to Atiku, and that the police had recovered the phone and the SIM card he used.
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The Force PPRO said the text Akpan had sent to Atiku read:
“Turaki Atiku, we are watching you and your family; we ask you right now to withdraw from the race for Presidency or we will kill you, rape your wife and daughters.
That your ambitious and black daughter, Maryam, worked at CBN and left because we were going to mess her up.
We will molest, rape, deform her and kill her. Your daughter Fatimah, the former Commissioner of Health in Adamawa State, we have a lot of information about her.
Let Buhari run against your PDP members. We know that you are bigger than all those candidates in PDP. That is why we need you to step down.
We will blow your plane off from the sky and we will poison you and your family. Atiku Abubakar, take our words for granted and watch what will happen to your family before you.
You are going to see what we will do to you and your family. We know where and where your children travel to. We have watched your daughter who is a strong supporter of her father (your daughter Maryam) at number 5, Buzi Close and number 5, Lake Maracaibo Close.
Tell your dad to step down. He should forget about the Presidency. If he refuses, we will blow up his plane, the Gulf Stream, from the sky and also rape you and kill of his daughters.”
Moshood added that the suspect was arrested at the toll-gate along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, while on the run to escape arrest.
“During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and admitted that he resorted to the threat and intimidation when all efforts to extort money from the former Vice President were unsuccessful,” Moshood began.
He said that the suspect also admitted that he was a professional fraudster and not working for any political party.
“He said that his mention that ‘Let Buhari run against your PDP members’ in his threat message to the former Vice President was merely to divert attention.”
Moshood also said the phone recovered Akpan was robbed from a lady who identified him as the person that robbed her a few months back.
“Investigation is being concluded and the suspect will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation,” the Force spokesman concluded.