The Nigerian Police have arrested one Augustus Akpan, 43 years, suspected to have been sending threat messages to former president Atiku Abubakar, his wife and daughters.
Recall that Atiku recently raised alarm that himself and his family members have been receiving threat messages from unknown persons asking him to withdraw from the presidential race. Atiku in a letter written to President Buhari,said the unknown persons have threatened to rape his wife, Jennifer, and daughters if he continues to run for president. The former president also said the unknown person also threatened to blow down his private jet.
The police after a detailed investigation, seem to have made headway into the case as Akpan, believed to be behind all the threat messages, was paraded today.
Parading the suspect before newsmen, the spokesperson of the police force, Jimoh Moshood, said Akpan who is a native of Edemaya village in Ikot Abasi LGA of Akwa Ibom State had sent threat messages to ex Vice President, Atiku Abubakar GCON, his wife and daughter.
One of the threat messages sent to Atiku reads..
“Turaki Atiku, we are watching you and your family, we ask you right now to withdraw from the race for Presidency, we will kill, rape your wife and daughters. That your ambitious and black daughter Maryam who 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. Also pictures of her naked body, we will mess your overly prostitute wife Jennifer up. We have a lot about. 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”.
A threat message sent to Jennifer, the wife of the former Vice President reads
“Jennifer. Tell your husband to step down. We will blow up his plane and kill all of you his family. We will rape you and all his daughters and also kill all of you out there. Do not underestimate us. We know your office at 13 Danube Street Maitama. We will blow up the place and rape all your step daughters that we know you don’t like already. Tell him to step down now and forget about running for the presidency’’
The text message sent to Rukaiya Atiku, the daughter of the former president reads
“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 all of his daughters. No amount of Police or protection will stop us. We know where all of you live in. We know number 5 Buzi close and number 5, Lake Maracaibo close. Try us and blood shall spread’’
Akpan was trailed and eventually arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team. The suspect was arrested at toll-gate along Lagos-Ibadan express way, Lagos State, while on the run to escape arrest.
When interrogated, Akpan confessed to the crime. He said he is not working for any political party and that he is a professional fraudster. He admitted that he resorted to the threat and intimidation when all efforts to extort money from the former vice president were unsuccessful.
Akpan is fluent in English, Ibibio, Russian and Portuguese languages respectively. The Phone and the SIM card he used for the threat and intimidation were recovered from him and were discovered to have been robbed by him from a lady (name withheld) who identified him as the person that robbed her few months back. The suspect, Augustus Akpan further confessed that he had threatened, defrauded and extorted huge sum of money in Naira and foreign currency from so many prominent personalities and their family members while posing as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).