Notorious for his arrogance and wayward behavior, a petroleum marketer based in Minna, Murtala Ilori popularly called MURPET has run down a staff of the Niger state urban development board in Minna.
According to Arch Muhammad Baba , who also is the victim that cheated death by the whiskers but sustained internal injuries, “I reported at the office very early in the morning, at about 8:17 am that same day which was Thursday, Murtala Ilorin drove into the old secretariat complex in Minna, to the front of our office, Niger State Urban development board (NUDB) parked his car beside three of us and came out insulting and threatening us, ‘I will cut you down, you, Habiba (GM), Bako, Perm Sec lands,’ when I didn’t respond, he went back into his car and reversed and screeched towards us , the two others escaped and I jumped on to the car burnet and bounced down to the ground, he immediately put the car in reverse again and started speeding backwards thinking I was stuck to the car and thank God I fell to the side, I sustained injuries and I was rushed to the hospital where X-ray has been down and several drugs prescribed, I still havepains around my chest and leg, I was then asked to go home on Friday”
This newspaper WWW.Nigerwatchnewspaper.com spoke with the General Manager of the Niger State Urban development board , TPL Habiba Ahmed on whether she was aware of threat to her life and what happened to her deputy General Manager, Architect Baba Muhammad?
She said “yes! The whole incidence started when a petroleum marketer called Murtala Ilori (MURPET) came with a request to be granted approval to build a petrol filling station on a setback reserved for express road expansion in future, the board refused and he still went ahead to continue his building in defiance to the board’s denials of approval, the board then gave a 21 days notice to stop which he also violated and continued building, the board then wrote to the commissioner of police and the commissioner also asked him to stop, but he refused and finally the board wrote for police cover to embark on the demolition, which the board did, it was because of that he came to run down our staff and threatened to kill 5 of us, he even did same in the presence of the commissioner of police”
Hajiya Habiba also said the board has also written a letter of petition to the Ministry of justice and have copied the commissioner of police, but the police invited him and let him go while she is awaiting the action of the Ministry of Justice as threats of dead and attempted murder cannot be treated with kids gloves.
Meantime, the NIGER state police commissioner Mr. Dibal Yakasai has confirmed receiving such complains but said ‘I am in the church I will call back when I am out” as at the time of writing this story he has not called back.
While Murtala Ilori, (Murpet) continues to the threaten the NUDB staff and even attempted killing one of them, others threatened say they are now living a life of fear except something fast done, the suspect might carry out his threat and go scot free.