Mr. Cosmas Okoli, Chief Executive Officer of the Mobility and Appliances Research and Development Centre, MAARDEC, has raised the alarm about a threat to his life made by a politician in Lagos State for campaigning in support of the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
As a result, he has asked the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba, to intervene and investigate the case in order to prevent a disaster.
In his plea to the IGP, the businessman also traced the origins of his ordeal back to a campaign post urging members of the public to vote for Peter Obi as Nigeria’s next President in the next general election.
He claimed that after the post went viral, he received a message from a well-known politician (names withheld) threatening to kill him and members of his family.
Okoli in the petition by his lawyers, Nbanefo Ikwegbue and Daniel Onwe, said: “Our client gathered from the grapevine, that there is an underground plan to kill him and grievously harm anyone, particularly those from the same ethnic extraction, who resides in Lagos, who do not support the presidential candidate of the ruling party. This is a tragic and frightening development.
“Section 42 of the constitution provides that no one should be discriminated against, killed or harmed on account of his political opinion.
“Section 39 of the constitution, gives every citizen the freedom to express his/her opinion, including political opinion. We are bringing this complaint to your attention so that you can use your good office to take proactive action to investigate the threat and nip in the bud any plot to kill or maim our client and any other person that may knowingly or unknowingly be in similar danger as we approach 2023 general election.”
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