Abuja - The State Security Service (SSS) on Monday in Abuja said it had arrested one Adeola Olaore, who allegedly threatened to assassination Sen. Aloysius Etok.
Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations Department of the SSS, told newsmen in Abuja that the suspect hatched the plot to defraud Etok.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Etok had accused Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom of allegedly threatening to assassination him.
He said that the governor was after his life because of his ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in 2015.
NAN also recalls that Akpabio had declared his interest to run for the same seat in 2015.
Ogar said Olaore (the suspect), who is an indigene of Oyo, used the information he obtained from the media about the rift between the Senator and Akpabio to perpetrate his act.
She said that Olaore was apprehended in a Hotel in Abuja, on April 29 after the SSS directed the Senator to play along.
Etok had written a letter to the service concerning the assassination threat.
``Following a letter titled ``Report of planned assassination by a man who call himself General Africa (an ex-militant) by Senator Etok to this Service, we directed the senator to play along with the suspect and this eventually led to his arrest on April 29,’’ Ogar said.
She said that Olaore claimed that he obtained the Senator’s number from the NDDC office in Port Harcourt, where he stumbled on a mail bearing the Senator’s complementary card.
Ogar said the suspect was at the NDDC office to submit a mail when he obtained the Senator’s number.
She said the suspect was a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, and had offered to broker peace between the Senator and the governor.
``It is therefore necessary to warn members of the public to be wary of individuals who exploit political, religious or economic activities for criminal ends.
``We equally restate that the long arm of the law will catch up with elements who take to crime and criminality.
``Let us collectively remain vigilant and report suspicious activities and individuals to security agencies,’’ Ogar added.
She said the suspect denied telling Etok that the governor wanted to assassinate him.
``The suspect said that he lied to the Senator that he was well connected to settle the rift between him and the governor.’’