Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged threat to his life and those of his family members following his decision to contest the 2019 presidency.
In the petition dated September 7, 2018, Atiku, who is one of the aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) requested for more security personnel to be attached to him and his family members.
The petition, titled: “Petition Over Criminal Intimidation And Threat To My Life, That Of Members Of My Family, And Cyber Stalking Using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704,” was copied to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Atiku said his wife and daughters have received separate text messages from a mobile line stating that unless he backs out of the race, they would be raped and killed, Daily Trust writes.
The former Vice President said the author of the threat text message said his family was being watched closely, and Atiku has called on the president to order an urgent investigation into the matter that, according to him, poses real threat to national security.
“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 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,” he said.
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,” who he identified as Mariam who worked at the CBN and Fatima, a former Commissioner in Adamawa State.
According to Atiku, the author of the threat message also 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 when and where your children travel to.”
The petition further revealed that the author of the message threatened that “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.”