Former Vice President Atiku has disclosed that some persons opposed to his presidential ambition have threatened to kill him by blowing up his plane.
He added that they also threatened to rape his wife and daughters before killing them.
Atiku made the disclosure in a petition he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari intimating him with the threat to his life.
He titled the document, “Petition Over Criminal Intimidation And Threat To My Life, That Of Members Of My Family, And Cyber Stalking Using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704.”
In the petition, the presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said in view of the threat to his life and those of the members of his family, it had become necessary for him to ask for additional police protection.
Explaining the gravity of the threat in the petition, Atiku quoted the text messages by the author(s) as reading in part: “We will kill, and rape your wife and daughters.”
He said the author(s) specifically mentioned the names of two of his daughters –Mariam and Fatima –as subject of attack.
Mariam is said to work at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN while Fatima was a Commissioner in Adamawa State.
He said the author(s) of the letter warned that: “We will blow your plane off the sky and we will poison you and your family.”
The petition to the president reads in part: “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…
“From the foregoing, Mr President can see that if adequate and urgent steps are not taken to identify and deal with these threats, they could lead to serious breaches and may constitute real danger to national security.
“Considering that these threats border on the right to life of my family and I, 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 threats, 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).”