👤 By Abdul Tukur
A man who allegedly threatened to kill Atiku Abubakar and his family if he failed to withdraw from the presidential race, has been arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team.
Augustus Akpan, 43, from Edemaya village in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, who sent threatening text messages to Mr Abubakar, the Waziri of Adamawa, after he indicated plans to contest in the 2019 Presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was apprehended at the toll gate along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Lagos State.
Officers recovered one Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cell phone and a SIM card which the 43-year-old used to send the threats to Alhaji Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria who served from 1999 – 2007.
According to force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, the suspect sent a message to Alhaji Abubakar asking that he should “withdraw from the race for Presidency, (or) we will kill, 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,” he wrote.
The suspect is said to have “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.”