– A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawyer has accused a Senator of plots to kill him
– The lawyer said the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East invaded his office with some thugs and threatened his life
– The lawyer also urged the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to save his life from the senator
The lawyer representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ochai Otokpa, has petitioned the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, over alleged threat to his life by a Senator.
Otokpa in his petitioned begged the IGP to save his life.
He alleged that the Senator formerly representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District Bassey Akpan had threatened to kill him for withdrawing an appeal against his sack.
Otokpa, the legal assistant to PDP’s national adviser on legal matters said, he is yet to understand why a lawmaker of the federal republic is so desperate.
He also said he finds it difficult to understand why Akpan would not obey or respect his employers.
In his petition signed on his behalf by the Firma Nexus Chambers, Otokpa alleged that Akpan invaded his office with thugs.
He also said he was locked up in the inner office of the national legal adviser of the PDP and was harassed thoroughly.
He said the senator and his thugs took pictures of him and threatened to take his life should he lose his seat at the National Assembly.
The petition dated September 25, read in parts: “It is our client’s brief that on Tuesday, 19th September, 2017, at about 4.00 pm, senator Bassey Albert Akpan invaded the office of the National legal Adviser of the party (PDP) at the National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza with thugs numbering between four and six in apparent attempt to injure or assassinate him our client.
“It is our client’s brief that Senator Bassey Albert Akpan entered the inner office of the National Legal Adviser and our client was called to come in and when our client entered, Senator akpan asked our client if he is Barr Ochai and our client answered in the affirmative.
“Immediately, Senator Bassey Akpan took picture of our client with his phone and locked the door, put the key in his pocket and started assaulting our client, threatening to kill him for carrying out the lawful instruction given to him to file notice of withdrawal of the Appeal of the party.
“In fear for his life, our client upon appreciating the hostile intention of Senator bassey albert Akpan started screaming and shouting out to those in the outer office and succeeded in raising sufficient alarm that drew and alerted the people in the outer office as to what was about to happen to our client. Those in the outer office hit the door repeatedly, asking Senator Bassey Albert Akpan to open but he refused.
“The security operatives attached to the National Secretariat of the party were contacted and as they responded to our client’s shot for help, Senator Bassey Akpan opened the door saying that the National Chairman of the party was calling him.
“While he locked our client and thereby unlawfully restraining him, Senator Bassey Akpan issued threats to our client that our client’s life depends on the outcome of the appeals in court and that should he lose the case in the court leading to loss of his seat in the senate, he (Senator Akpan) will make sure our client loses his life. He boasted repeatedly that he has the requisite financial, political and positional capacity to ‘crush’ our client and that nothing will happen noting that he does not know the value of our client’s life that he cannot destroy it and go unscathed.
“It is our client’s further brief that while he was leaving the office, one of the thugs brought by Senator Akpan confronted our client and told him to be praying for Senator Akpan to win the court case and retain his seat in the senate and that in the event that Senator Bassey Akpan loses the case, our client will be a dead man,” the petition said.
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Otokpa also said since then he has been noticing strange people and cars trailing him and that his car had once been burgled while sensitive documents were carted away.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP withdrew an appeal calling for the removal of Bassey Etim, who is expected to replace Senator Akpan.
The PDP in its application before the court said the appeal filed against the ruling of a Federal High Court in Uyo.
The part also said the appeal questioning the sack of Akpan as the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North District should not have been filed by the PDP in the first place.
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