The State Security Service on Monday paraded one Adelola Olaore in connection with a phoney plan to assassinate Senator Aloysius Etok.
According to her, the arrest was made possible by the cooperation of Etok, who agreed to play along with the suspect.The agency’s spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, who briefed newsmen in Abuja, said Olaore was arrested on Monday last week following a petition titled, ‘Report of planned assassination by a man who calls himself General Africa (an ex-militant)’ written to the SSS by Etok.
Ogar said, “According to Senator Etok, on April 28, 2013, Adelola Tamunotonye Olaore telephoned and introduced himself as General Africa, claiming he had been contracted by Governor Godswill Akpabio’s loyalists to assassinate him.
“Subsequently, he was asked by the Senator to come to Abuja on April 29, 2013 and was lodged in a hotel from where he was apprehended,” Ogar stated.
She described the suspect as a 29-year-old graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, and a native of Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State , but was born and bred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Ogar explained that in the course of interrogation, Olaore confessed that he went to the office of the Niger Delta Development Company in Port Harcourt to submit a letter, where he stumbled on a mail bearing the complementary card of Etok from where he obtained the senator’s contact details.
She added, “Being aware of the political interests between the Senator and the governor over the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial seat by 2015, he seized the opportunity to contact Senator Etok. He introduced himself as ‘General Africa’ an ex-militant from Bayelsa State. He then told the Senator that he had been contracted by three of Governor Akpabio’s loyalists to assassinate him.
“In order to convince the Senator, he offered to furnish him with details of the Governor’s purported Bank Account and an energy company in South Africa.”
The service said the suspect, however, confessed that he had never met Akpabio, the Commissioner for Environment, or Kenneth Okon (aka Wayas), the Chairman of Etinan Local Government Council.
Ogar explained that Olaore hatched the plot to defraud the Senator, using information he obtained from “open media” about a rift between the Senator and the governor.
She added that the suspect offered to broker peace between the two men, an offer which Etok had willingly accepted.
“He then requested for transport fare to Akwa Ibom where he intended to initiate the peace meeting between both parties.
“From the foregoing, Olaore hatched the phantom assassination plot to fraudulently extort money from Senator Aloysius Etok by exploiting the perceived rift between him and Governor Akpabio. Consequently, Olaore will be charged to court soon,” she added.