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I was searched, intimidated by security agents – Atiku Abubakar

Former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said that on arrival from Dubai Sunday morning he was intimidated and searched by state agents at the Abuja airport.

Atiku on his Twitter handle said: ‘I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff.

‘I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them.

‘Together, #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain.’

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, revealed that a plot to embarrass the People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on arrival early hours on Sunday from Dubai was a failure.

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Former Nigerian vice-President Atiku Abubakar raises his hands after winning the presidential ticket of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 7, 2018.
Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Abubakar to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term in presidential polls scheduled for February 2019. / AFP PHOTO /

Frank said Atiku, who returned to Nigeria around 1am on Sunday morning from his vacation in Dubai was thoroughly searched by a Special Squad of security men deployed by the presidency for some hours with recording gadgets on them and in and around Atiku’s aircraft.

“Nothing, was however found on him or in his aircraft.”

According to Frank, plan to also drop bags of foreign currencies and other implicating things in Atiku’s aircraft on his arrival was also unsuccessfull.

In a statement Timi Frank signed to raise an alarm on Sunday afternoon, he said the special squad of security men who carried out the search confessed that they were directed by the presidency to embarrass the former Vice President.

The squad, Frank revealed were armed with recording gadgets in and out of Atiku’s aircraft “to see if he returned to the country with foreign currencies or any other implicating materials.”

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The former APC spokesman said the security men were disappointed when nothing implicating could not be foundd on either Atiku or his aircraft.

While condemning what he tagged President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to desperately nail the PDP presidential candidate, Frank said if the former President Goodluck Jonathan was so harsh on President Buhari in 2015, he couldn’t have occupied the office today.

Frank said since Atiku Abubakar left office as Vice President for eight years, “this is the first time out of desperation to nail him that he has been searched embarrassingly.”

He, however warned president Buhari to desist from his act of desperation against the PDP presidential candidate.

“Due to information at our disposal, I have been saying it that the PDP presidential candidate is not save under this administration because the Buhari’s administration is deploying all manners of devilish strategies to nail all the opposition leaders especially, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“We are using this medium to inform the international community to also take note of how Buhari administration is intimidating the opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has served Nigeria as Vice President for eight years.”

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