The police on Wednesday paraded a suspected kidnapper, Augustus Akpan, who allegedly threatened to kill former Vice President Atiku Abubakar if he fails to withdraw from the 2019 presidential election.
Akpan, 43, and an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, according to the police, was arrested at the toll-gate along Lagos-Ibadan expressway while on the run to escape arrest.
The police in a statement issued by Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the suspect during interrogation, “Confessed to the crime and admitted that he resorted to the threat and intimidation when all efforts to extort money from the former Vice President were unsuccessful”.
Atiku had in a petition to the police complained of intimidation and threat to his life and members of his family from text messages he got from an anonymous person.
The alleged text messages also threatened to bomb his plane, adding that every of his move and that of his family is being monitored.
“The suspect admitted that he is a professional fraudster and not working for any political party. The suspect 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 who identified him as the person that robbed her a few months back”, the police said.
Moshood added that the suspect, further confessed that he had threatened, defrauded and extorted a huge sum of money in naira and foreign currency from so many prominent personalities and their family members while posing as an FBI and CIA agent.