Atiku Petitions Buhari Over Alleged Threat To His Life And Family


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 14TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Few months to 2019 general elections and less than four weeks to the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential primaries, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged threats to his life and those of his family members.
The petition to the president, which was also copied the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, was dated September 7, 2018.
The threat, according to the petition, was in regard to Atiku’s decision to contest the 2019 presidential election.
The petition is entitled, ‘Petition over Criminal Intimidation and Threat to my Life, that of Members of my Family, and Cyber Stalking using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704.’
Atiku, in the petition, said, “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 threatened that if he doesn’t withdraw from the contest, ‘we will kill, rape your wife and daughters’, whom they identified as Mariam, who worked at CBN and Fatima, the former Commissioner in Adamawa State.
The threat message, according to Atiku, said, ‘We will blow your plane off the sky and we will poison you and your family. You are going to see what we will do with your family. We know where and where your children travel to.”
The petition further revealed that the author of the message threatened that they will blow up all his property and those of his wife’s, adding, ‘We control the aviation towers in Nigeria and South Africa. We are in government and Buhari will win again. Your party members will never select you and if they do, we will assassinate you. We will kill you by blowing up your plane.”
In the separate text messages to the wife and daughter, the author, according to Atiku, asked them to tell him to back down from the contest or they will be harmed.
Atiku said: “From the foregoing, Mr. President can see that if adequate and urgent steps are not taken to identify and deal with these threats, it could lead to serious breaches and may constitute real danger to national security.
“Considering that this threats border on the right of my family and I to life as well as my freedom to aspire for and contest for the presidency in Nigeria, I urge you to commence urgent investigation with a view to identifying the person (s) behind the threat, expose and prosecute the culprit (s) in accordance with the laws.
“I request that you ensure the continued protection of my rights to life, that of my family, my property and my rights and freedoms to associate and aspire to any political office as guaranteed under the 1999 Nigerian constitution (as amended).”

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