Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has raised the alarm over alleged threat to his life and those of his family members.
In a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated September 7, 2018, Atiku linked the alleged threat to his decision to contest next year’s presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The petition, a copy of which was sent to PDP’s National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus, urged President Buhari to urgently probe the allegation
The petition was titled: “Petition over criminal intimidation and threat to my life; that of members of my family, and cyber stalking using mobile phone number 08148228704”.
Atiku requested more police protection for himself and members of his family from the President.
He stated in the petition that his wife and daughters had received separate text messages from a mobile line, demanding that their patriarch backed out of the presidential race, failing which they would be raped and killed.
The former vice president added that the author of the threat text messages had stated that members of his family were being closely watched.
Urging the President to urgently order an investigation into the matter, Atiku warned that the threat could lead to serious security breach and that it posed real danger to national security.
The petition reads in part: “I present my highest compliments to the president and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and have the honour to request your excellency’s kind review/investigation and urgent consideration of extra protection for my family and I against some criminal intimidation and threat to my life, that of my family, and the cyber stalking against my family and I, using telephone mobile number +2348148228704″.
Atiku in the petition, said the author of the message had threatened that if he did not withdraw from the presidential contest, “we will kill, rape your wife and daughters”.