The State Security Service,SSS, on Monday paraded a suspect, ex-militant Adelola Tamunotonye Olaore, alias “General Africa,”, who planned to assassinate and extort money from Senator Aloysius Etok in Abuja.
Senator Etok is the man occupying the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial seat, a position Akwa-Ibom state Governor, Goodswill Akpabio is eyeing in 2015.
The suspect, who was born in Port Harcourt, hails from Okeho in Kajola Local Government area of Oyo State.
He confessed to having been contracted by three of Governor Akpabio’s loyalists to assassinate Senator Etok, adding that to convince the Senator, he offered to give him the Governor’s purported Bank Account and Energy Company in South Africa.
Adelola claimed that he wanted to broker peace between Governor Akpabio and Senator Etok, as he had been following the rift, but was arrested by security operatives after extorting money from him.
The suspect was picked up based on a letter by the Senator to the SSS titled “REPORT OF THE PLANNED ASSASINATION BY A MAN WHO CALLS HIMSELF GENERAL AFRICA (AN-EX MILLITANT)”
The Senator was asked to play along with the suspect, leading to his arrest on April 29.
Speaking recently in an interview, the Senator said, “That is what happened during my second term struggle that as soon as they knew I was going to contest, my wife was kidnapped. After the release of my wife, my mother-in-law was kidnapped.
“When she was released, she died because of the torture she received in the hands of the kidnappers. As a result of that, my father-in-law died out of heart break. Therefore, I also want Nigerians to ask Governor Akpabio what I have done to him. I have not done anything to him. I want all of you, like I am going to send a petition to the President, to ask Governor Akpabio to let me be. That his hit squad which he has resurrected should let me live. If anything happens to me, I want the world to know that Governor Akpabio is after my life.”