Family of Missing Journalist, Fejiro Oliver Confirms Niger State Govt’s Complicity
Abusidiqu has reported on Saturday that a Nigerian journalist, Fejiro Oliver, who recently took up appointment as the Managing Director of an online news medium, Daily Voice NG is missing after honouring an appointment with officials of the Niger State government. [See: Journalist Fejiro Oliver Declared Missing!, Niger State Govt Fingered ]
More than 24 hours after our report, the family of the missing Journalist confirmed that they have been unable to speak to their son and declared that officials of Niger State government might be behind his kidnap.
According to Mr. Ejiro’s wife, she last spoke with her husband on Friday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of Mr. Ndako.
Speaking to Premium Times over the telephone on Sunday, Mrs. Oliver said, “We were together when he received a call and he told me that the SSG of Niger state insisted that he should go over to Minna so that they can meet.”
She said her husband insisted that he would not go to Minna, but would meet with the SSG and Mr. Ebije in Abuja “for security reasons”.
Also speaking, the father of the missing journalist, Godwin Oliver, said his son has been missing since Friday after travelling to Abuja to meet with the Niger officials.
“We have been trying to reach him but he has not been picking his calls. After sometime, the calls are either rejected or the phones are switched off and then put on back after sometime,” he said.
The senior Oliver said he planned to “go to all relevant security agencies by tomorrow (Monday) to report the matter since today is Sunday”.
Mr. Oliver who was said to be working on a story on the activities of the Niger State government had called
called Israel Ebije, the spokesperson to Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger, to seek the governor’s version of events in the story.
Mr. Ebije reportedly referred him to the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki. Mr Ndako has however not responded to inquiry from both Abusidiqu since Saturday and the one made by Premium Times on Sunday.
According to Premium Times, he did not answer calls to his two mobile telephone lines. He also did not respond to a text message sent to him.
In his version of events, Mr. Ebije said that Mr. Oliver had contacted him regarding a story he was working on.
He however denied threatening Mr. Oliver, but, rather “advised him to come to Minna and see for himself if the allegations against the governor are true or not.
“In Niger state everything is done transparently and we have nothing to hide. The documents he is claiming to have are executive council decisions which were obviously given to him by an aggrieved official who has been relieved of his appointment,” the spokesperson said.
Mr. Ebije said he was in Abuja for an official function and “cannot confirm if he (Mr. Oliver) is with our people or not until probably tomorrow (Monday).
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