The Nigeria Police has paraded 43-year-old Augustus Akpan for threatening to kill former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his family if he fails to quit the 2019 presidential race.
The suspect, who hails from Edemaya village, Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Force Spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, said that he was arrested at the Toll-Gate along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Lagos State while on the run to escape arrest.
According to the police, the suspect has since confessed to the crime and admitted that he resorted to the threat and intimidation when all efforts to extort Atiku were unsuccessful. He will soon be charged to court.
A few weeks ago, Atiku raised the alarm that his life was under threat over his presidential ambition and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene.
The text message the suspect sent to the Vice President, which the Police released, readin part: “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 and kill her. Your daughter Fatimah the former Commissioner for Health in Adamawa State, we have a lot of information about her…”
Jimoh, however, said that after the police received the complaint from Atiku, the suspect was trailed and arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team.
“The suspect, Augustus Akpan, also admitted in his confessional statement that he is a professional fraudster and not working for any political party, that his mention that ‘Let Buhari run against your PDP members’ in his threat message to Atiku was merely to divert attention.
“The suspect is fluent in English, Ibibio, Russian and Portuguese languages. 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 a few months back.
“The suspect, Augustus Akpan further confessed that he had threatened, defrauded and extorted huge sums of money in Naira and foreign currency from so many prominent personalities and their family members while posing as an Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent,” the police said.