Journalist Fejiro Oliver Declared Missing!, Niger State Govt Fingered
A journalist attached to an online news medium, Elombah.com, Mr Fejiro Oliver has been declared missing.
Fejiro, whose last report titled ‘Jonathan Packs His Friends, Charlatans for National Honours’ was said to have travelled to Abuja on the invitation of the Niger State government, but became incommunicado as soon as he arrived the FCT.
Sources privy to Mr. Oliver’s visit to Abuja said he was invited by the Secretary to the Niger State government, Alhaji Said Kpaki after he published two reports exposing some fraudulent activities of the Niger State governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
Mr. Oliver had on September 15 published a report stating that the Niger State government threatened him over the investigative report exposing monumental corruption in the state. See the reports: Chronicle of corruption: Niger State Gov’t. threatens Editor over plan to expose monumental fraud. From the report, it was obvious that he had an exchange with the Niger State government apparently to hear their own side of the story he was preparing to publish, but when it became obvious that the state government were not forthcoming with their own side of the story, he published the report on September 18. [See report: Babangida Aliyu, the Thief Servant of Niger State Governance of Rot – (Photo Speaks) Part 1 ]. It was after the main report was published that the state government through the Mr. Kpaki decided to invite the journalist to Abuja under the pretext of presenting their own side of the story.
According to our source, Mr. Oliver had arrived Abuja at about 5pm on Friday September 19 and immediately called the SSG to notify him of his arrival. He had made arrangement with a close friend residing in Abuja to pick him up at the airport, from where he will meet up with Mr. Kpaki, but the friend was to pick him up at the airport said about 30 minutes after he spoke with him, Mr. Oliver no longer answered calls. The friend who does not want to be named at this point in time said at some point, the number will be unavailable, but each time it is available, it rings out with nobody answering from the other end. Sometimes, the call is even rejected, the friend said,
When Abusidiqu tried to call the number provided as that of Mr. Oliver, same was observed. it is either switched off or the call rejected.
It is believed that he may have been arrested by security agents on the orders of the Niger State government, upon his arrival at the Abuja airport from where he informed State SSG, Mr Kpaki of his arrival. Efforts to reach the Mr. Kpaki has not yielded fruit. Text message sent to his phone since Saturday afternoon has not been replied. However, Abusidiqu learnt that Mr. Kpaki admitted to an inquiry by another journalist that they know Mr. Oliver. Although he didn’t say categorically if they have him in their custody, he told the reporter that Mr. Oliver has been publishing negative reports against the government of Niger State to tarnish the image of the governor.
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