Newspaper Correspondent Alleges Death Threat


Mr. Saxone Akhaine, the Kaduna State correspondent of The Guardian newspapers said on February 5, 2013, that he received phone calls and text messages from unknown persons threatening to attack him.

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar

He has sent petitions to the Kaduna State Police Command and Director of the State Security Service (SSS) over the threat.

Akhaine said he received a call from an unidentified male at about 8.33pm local time warning him to be prepared for an attack at any moment. According to him, the strange male voice asked him “are you Saxone? We would soon get at you. We know where you stay.” He said before he could respond the caller cut off the call.

He added that again, at 10.17 pm and 10.18 pm, he received text messages of same wordings in his phone saying: “I called you. Your days are numbered. We will get you very soon.”

He said the call and text message came through the mobile number 08168638494.In his petition entitled “Threat to My Life Through a Telephone call/Text Messages,” addressed to the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Femi Adenaike, Mr. Akhaine stated that “it is with a sense of urgency that I am drawing your attention to a telephone call that I received at about 8.33 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from telephone number 08168638494.”

 He urged the Police and other security operatives to investigate the matter, identify  and bring the culprits to book, adding: “you would agree with me that this is an open and serious threat to my life.”

 The letter was received and acknowledged by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Aminu Lawan who pledged that the threat would be investigated with a view to apprehend those behind it.

 He copied the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on the petition.