The South-South zonal coordinator for Youth and Support Groups for Atiku Abubakar, Eshanekpe Israel, a.k.a Akpodoro has raised the alarm over threats to his life by those he described as secret agents working for the interest of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Delta state.
Akpodoro, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and an Ex-militant leader, stated this in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Tuesday.
According to the vociferous Ex-warrior, he raised the alarm over an invitation extended to him on a telephone call by a man who identified himself as the sector commander of the Department of State Security, DSS, Effurun Barracks, in the state.
He told our correspondent that the sector commander asked him to come to their office for a brief chat whereas he was attending to his political assignment outside the state.
The call, according to the coordinator, prompted him to ask his lawyer to meet with the acclaimed DSS officer to forestall being disrespectful to a supposed constituted authority.
On getting to the Effurun office of the sector commander, Akpodoro’s counsel was told there wasn’t any major issue but the commander, Operation Delta Safe, asked that he be brought to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital for possible interrogation and that if he – Akpodoro had come in person, he would have been taken to Yenagoa even if it means coercing him.
At this juncture, the counsel, who represented the former warrior, became alarmed as he questioned the rationale behind such plan for his client but was told that they are sure they will get his client.
Immediately he was told, Akpodoro said he put a call through to the commander in Yenagoa who immediately denied such invitation saying if he had any issue with the Atiku zonal coordinator, he would have called him directly since they enjoyed unfettered correspondence.
The DSS call, Akpodoro noted, was one in a series of calls on him from unknown persons who claim to represent one security agency or the other. Most calls, he added come with huge threats to his life, a development he said prompted his call on Nigerians to hold members of the APC responsible should anything untoward happen to him.
Akpodoro said: “By this medium I am alerting all Nigerians and members of the international community about the new low the President Buhari -led APC is nosediving.
“I worked for Buhari against my people in 2015, no secret agent invited me to anywhere let alone to an unknown destination. The so called sector commander should be warned not to push me too hard or make any funny attempt because I am not a weakling that he took me for.
“It is pertinent to note that, am not a questionable character, I am one of the major actors who make the current peace in the Niger Delta possible while the so called secret agents hide away from the theatre like a cat who saw a lion when the real criminals were on the loose.
“Where were the cowards when I crippled the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA and their allies; where were they when I mulled over crimes and criminalities in the region with top echelons of the Nigerian security apparatus? Nobody can force me to work for Buhari not even that unknown person,” Akpodoro stated.