Why We Must Not Believe the SSS on Fejiro Oliver By Frank Ijege
The SSS paraded Fejiro Oliver and accused him of trying to extort N50 million naira from the Niger State government. Ordinarily, one would have believed the SSS. However, with recent events, one is constrained to disbelieve the assertions of the SSS.
Firstly, no proof has been shown to the public to show that Fejiro did demand for a bribe. The text messages exchanged between Fejiro and the Secretary to State Government of Niger State, does not reveal anything as such.
Secondly, it is common knowledge that the SSS is in the habit of arresting innocent Nigerians and making spurious and false allegations against them. An instance occurred sometime in April this year, where the SSS arrested one Isiaka Yusuf, tortured and threatened him for days. What was his offence? He tweeted live pictures of an attempted jail break by boko haram members in Abuja. When initially contacted on why he was picked, the SSS spokesperson Marylyn Oga, denied it out rightly.
Let’s hear her: “I do not even know who you are talking about. I picked your call because I thought it was someone in distress.” However, when Nigerians mounted pressure, the SSS ate the humble pie and released him.
Thirdly, considering the fact that the SSS has always been quick to defend government, it is only reasonable to conclude that it would want to attack and muzzle anything that would paint government in bad light.
Fourthly, it sounds weird that Fejiro w Oliver will be demanding bribe when actually the report has already been published. Common sense demands that bribes are demanded to kill ongoing investigation, not already published reports!
Based on what we’ve heard, Fejiro did a report and on decrepit state of governance in Niger State. To silence him the state government has conspired with the SSS to shut him up and others like him.
It is therefore surprising that Nigerians are not taking this issue serious. If we mobilized for Isiaka, why not for Fejiro? The State government and the SSS have told us what they want us to hear. Is it fair to conclude and hang Fejiro based on one sided story? It is only fair that we should hear from him to enable us arrive and at a fair and just conclusion.
Today it is Fejiro, tomorrow it could be anybody. It behooves on all of us to rise up and demand for the immediate release of Fejiro Oliver. If he has committed any offence the appropriate thing to do is to charge him to court, where he will defend himself. Detaining him is contravening the constitution.
In the court of public opinion, we should not convict by rumour.
Frank Ijege, firstname.lastname@example.org
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