The police on Wednesday, paraded a suspected fraudster, Augustus Akpan, who threatened the life and family of former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The Police said Augustus Akpan, 43 years, who hailed from Edemaya village, Ikot Abasi LGA, Akwa Ibom State, had confessed to authoring the three test massages to Atiku, his wife and daughter.
Akpan was paraded with one Samsung (Galaxy S6 Edge +) Mobile Phone and the SIM Card that recovered from him which he used to send the threat messages to Atiku, his wife and daughter.
The threat text messages read thus:“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 for Health will be arrested. We have a lot of information on her. Also, pictures of her naked body, we will mess your overly prostitute wife, Jennifer up. We have a lot about her. 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”.
While the text message to the wife of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, read thus:
“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 former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, by the suspect read thus:
“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 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 arrested at toll-gate along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway , Lagos State, while on the run to escape arrest following the complaint of intimidation lodged by the former Vice President.
According to the police, 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 the former vice president was merely to divert attention.
The Phone and the SIM card he used for the threat and intimidation were however found to belong to a lady (name withheld) who was robbed by him. The said lady has identified Akpan as the person that robbed her few months back.
The police said same 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) agent.
The Police said that investigation into Akpan’s case who speaks fluent English, Ibibio, Russian and Portuguese languages is being concluded and the suspect will be arraigned in court soon.