A 43 year-old man, Augustus Akpan, has been arrested over allegation that he threatened to kill ex-Vice President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, raped his wife, Jennifer, and two of his daughters, Fatima and Maryam, if he failed to withdraw from the presidential race.
The threat message by Akpan read in part, “Turaki Atiku, we are watching you and your family, we ask you right now to withdraw from the race for Presidency.
“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.”
According to the force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, Akpan claimed to know the homes of Atiku’s daughters and their movements, adding that upon receiving the complaint from Atiku, the suspect was trailed and eventually arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team at the toll gate along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Lagos State.
“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.
“The suspect also admitted in his confessional statement that he is a professional fraudster and not working for any political party. He said that his statement in which he asked Atiku not to run against Buhari was merely to divert attention,” Moshood said.