It is difficult not to cry wolf when there is one. That is exactly what a legal practitioner in Calabar, Barrister Utum Eteng has done for his client in order to save him from the evil machinations of some perceived political enemies. Eteng has sent an SOS to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, over an alleged plot to kidnap and assassinate Senator Bassey Otu.
The senator's desire to return to the National Assembly to represent the Cross River southern senatorial district may have ruffled many feathers in the senatorial district, hence the suspected sinister plot to stop him at all costs.
At a press briefing in his office, Eteng laid bare the issues surrounding his petition. In his narrative, he said the senator who is his client asked him to help raise the alarm and draw the attention of the authorities in order to save his life.
The lawyer said Otu had told him about a young man who he did not know that had accosted him at Transcorp Hilton Abuja and informed him of an on-going plot to either kidnap him to be off the scene until the 2019 elections are over or assassinate him.
"The young man told my client that some Niger Delta militants were promised N40 million to kidnap or kill him, adding that the plan was still on course," he said.
Eteng said in the event that this plan failed, “the alternative plan, our client was told, is that a group of hired assassins has been contacted in Nassarawa State to kidnap and do away with him for a fee of N5 million.”
He recalled that in 2010, there was a similar deadly plot against his client which was hatched in Rivers State but was aborted by the then commissioner of police in Cross River state when his Rivers counterpart alerted him.
In 2015, Otu contested for the senate under the Labour Party platform but lost at the election petitions tribunal. He was allegedly denied victory, which prompted him to defect to All Progressives Congress (APC).