by Dare Lawal
A 29 year old man was paraded on Monday by the Department of State Services in Abuja over a phantom plot to assassinate Sen. Aloysius Etok, the senator representing Ikot Ekpene senatorial district of Akwa Ibom.
His name is Adelola Tamunotoye Olaore, and he is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Rivers State University.
Olaore confessed that he was the brains behind the plot but only did it to extort money from the senator after coming across his complimentary card at the NDDC office in Port Harcourt.
Knowing that there was a rift between the senator and the governor who wants to replace him in 2015, Olaore decided to make use of that and then use the proceeds to pursue a Masters’ degree programme.
According to the deputy director of public relations of the Service, Ms Marilyn Ogar, the Service swung into action following a letter entitled “Report of planned assassination by a man who calls himself General Africa (an ex-militant)” by Senator Etok to the Service.
The SSS asked Sen. Etok to play along with the suspect, which eventually led to his apprehension on April 29, 2013.
Olaore introduced himself as General Africa, an ex-militant from Bayelsa State, and then told the senator that he had been contacted by three of Governor Akpabio’s loyalists to assassinate him. Then he claimed to have the governor’s purported bank account and energy company in South Africa, all in a bid to convince the senator.
Olaore has however confessed that he had never met Governor Akpabio or any of his loyalists. He pleaded for leniency.
The SSS spokesperson disclosed that Olaore would be charged to court. She warned the general public to be wary of individuals who exploit activities be it political, religious or economic for criminal ends.