KOGI COMMISSIONER ALLEGES THREAT TO LIFE
Kogi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Joseph Faniyi has raised an alarm over messages sent to his mobile phone, threatening to eliminate him. The commissioner who spoke to newsmen during the weekend said he had received series of text messages threatening to eliminate him and some of his political associates.
He, however, said he had reported the case to the state police commissioner, Mallam Magaji Abdullahi, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonna Onovo and the state Director of the State Security Service (SSS).
Also, members of his campaign organization had sent a 'Save Our Soul' letter to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbona Onovo over an attempt by some people threatening the life of the commissioner.
According to the letter, entitled, 'Who is Afraid of Faniyi, it alleged that some people who possibly were against the rising political profile of the commissioner, who is also a senatorial hopeful, might be behind the plot to eliminate their boss.
The letter which was signed by one Richard Bambo, the Director, Media and Publicity of ' Face of Hope 2011' drew the attention of the police boss to paid publications in the dailies against the commissioner in the past, calling on the police and other security agencies to beam their searchlight on the author of the publications.
Also contained in the letter, 'the belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Political opposition does not necessarily need to transmute into personal enmity, but some people do not seem to understand this.
'How do you explain politics being carried to the desperate level where some people will forge bank tellers, letter heads of ministries, signatures of the high and mighty, all in an attempt to remove their opponents from circulation and when this fails, plot to exterminate him now thickens'.
The letter however said saving the life of their boss at this time was necessary, hence, the Save -Our =Soul letter to the Inspector General of Police, Kogi State Commissioner of Police, and the Director of State Security Service.