“I Never Collected A Dime From Akpabio, I Will Contest And Win ” – Chief Assam

An allegation of N100 million bribe has put the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio at daggers drawn with a 2015 governorship aspirant and former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia, Chief Assam Assam.
Already there is wide speculations in the state especially from government circles and opponents opposed to Chief Assam that he had two weeks ago collected N100 million bribe from the governor to step down from the immediate past Secretary to the State Government Mr. Udom Emmanuel who is widely speculated as the government preferred aspirant for 2015 governorship race in the state.

Assam Assam

Assam Assam

Last week Emmanuel was received in Eket federal Constituency and news went virile that Assam was to address the rally and announce his stepping down.
But this was not the case as same day that the rally or reception was going on in Eket, Chief Assam was in the National Secretariat of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) collecting his nomination form for the 2015 governorship race.
Putting the records straight, Chief Assam in a press statement said, “on Tuesday 7th of October (2014), I met with the governor in his residence in Abuja and I notified him of my return to Nigeria. I informed him that I was contesting the governorship election of Akwa Ibom state in spite of the fact that he has his candidate. I told him all I was asking for was a level playing field were all the candidates (aspirants) would be given an opportunity to fairly contest the primaries.
“The governor assured me that in spite of his interest, he will ensure that everybody has an opportunity to contest the congress fairly and in spite of the allegations that there will be violence or no violence, he can assure us of the security in the state”.
According to Chief Assam, “I also told him that I heard he wrote a petition against me for calling him a murderer. I told him I never called him a murderer. That the same newspaper that published that I called him a murderer, said he (Akpabio) was going to kill all of us who were not going to contest the election through him that we are opposed to his candidate”.
Chief Assam stated that for the governor to come out to deny the fact that he never said a thing like that, “I told him, it was ironical that he could believe what that same newspaper published against me when he denied what that same newspaper published against him.
“I told him that I was going to make a public statement in that regards and the public statement I have made but unfortunately I was told a day after that the governor is said to have told some people that I collected N100 million from him and that I was not contesting the election anymore. The people alleged he told the story to, are my political opponents who have also come out to make capital of it.
“I want to make it very clear that I have at no time collected any money from Godswill. I did not ask, I was not given, I did not demand and I have not received. I never told Godswill Akpabio that I was not contesting any election. I told him that I will contest the election and in fact the following day I proceeded to even buy my forms. So the issue of contesting or not contesting the election does not arise.
“I only asked for his support and I told him that I knew who he was supporting already. I want to put it on record that at no time did I ask and I was never given. I think they are trying to spin the story to achieve a certain purpose. But at the same time I doubt if Godswill Akpabio ever made a statement like that because that is what never happened. I never collected nor demanded any money neither did you offer. I at no time offered to step”.
Chief Assam appealed to his teaming supporters to ignore such blackmail and remain steadfast for the D-day which is the primaries and “by God’s grace I will emerge the governor of Akwa Ibom state come 2015”.
The State Governor who in several occasions promised all aspirants a level playing ground in the 2015 elections, advised people of the state to desist from rumour mongering and blackmail as issues like this are aimed at creating disaffection in the state.

-Weekly Insight Newspapers

Breaking News! Akwa Ibom Guber: Nduese Essien under fire over Udom’s endorsement

eket elders 2 – As Gen. Etukudo, Sen. Etang Umoyo, ors dismiss endorsement claim – Insist Eket Fed Const has not endorse anybody By Franklyn ISONG

It is not yet uhuru for the immediate past secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government and one of the Peoples Democratic Party’s 2015 governorship aspirants, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as his bid to secure endorsement of his Eket Federal constituency has hit the rock.

This follows a press statement issued by some major stakeholders and elders of the area under the auspices of “Eket Federal Constituency Elders Forum, Akwa Ibom State- Nigeria”; titled; “The purported adoption/endorsement of Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as the sole gubernatorial aspirant (2015) from Eket federal constituency: An open lie” which was made available to RADAR newspapers this morning.

In the one-page advertorial, the elders asserted that they were aware of the reception ceremony organised by the four local government council chairmen of Eket, ONNA, Ibeno and Esit Eket which made up the federal constituency on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in honour of Udom Emmanuel, which the sole purpose was to present him as the only governorship aspirant from the federal constituency in the 2015.

The strong worded statement signed by Gen. Anthony D. Etukudo OON (Rtd), Senator Etang Umoyo, Pastor Abang O. Abang, Prof. Etie B. Akpan, Chief Bassey Essien and Dr. Etuk Essien Etuk whipped the former minister of Lands and Urban Renewal, whom, according to them, was the chairman on the said reception event, saying that “Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien who was visibly in pains to present Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the sole aspirant from Eket Federal Constituency did so only to justify his benefits and personal interest, and so with every other person who spoke in that vein.

They stated that the people of Eket Federal constituency have not adopted or endorsed Udom Emmanuel or any other person for that matter as their sole governorship aspirant, maintaining that the former minister did not get their authority to speak for the federal constituency.

“Chief Nduese Essien has no mandate whatsoever and did not speak for or on behalf of Ekid people or Eket federal constituency but for himself and himself alone,” the elders stated.

They said that Eket federal constituency prides itself with the impressive array of very well qualified governorship aspirants who are seasoned politicians, fit to be governor and capable of leading Akwa Ibom state to a higher level of development, warning that; “even a cursory look at the array gubernatorial aspirants from the federal constituency reveals that the man the incumbent government is laboring hard to foist on the people cannot, by any imagination, be the best of them all to be so endorsed.”

They noted that all their sons and daughters including Udom have equal rights and have earned their approval to seek for any political office in the land, “but we caution that such aspirations and process should be devoid of underhand tactics. “We are constrained to issue this statement so that the gullible and vulnerable masses in Eket federal constituency, in Akwa Ibom state and in Nigeria would not be misguided and deceived by a few of their self-seeking elders.

“We further request the state, local government and ward chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom state to comply with the directives of the national working committee (NWC) of the party that no aspirant should be endorsed by the party prior to the primary elections and that a level playing field should be provided for all the aspirants to test their acceptability by their people,” the press statement read. (See full text of the Press Statement): EKET FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY ELDERS FORUM AKWA IBOM STATE – NIGERIA


We are aware that on Tuesday October 14, 2015, a reception ceremony in houour of one of our sons, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was held at the Eket Township Stadium. The said reception was anchored by the Local Government Council Chairmen of Eket, ONNA, Ibeno and Esit Eket which constitute the Federal Constituency. The veiled purpose of the reception ceremony, though known well in advance by every discerning adult in the Federal Constituency and in Akwa Ibom State generally, manifested on that day. It was to present Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the incumbent Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG) as the one and only Governorship Aspirant (2015) endorsed by the people of Eket Federal Constituency. This is where the collective deceit of the known and the unannounced organizers and sponsors of that ceremony burst.

We hereby state categorically and unequivocally and wish to put on record that:-

(I) The People of Eket Federal Constituency have NOT adopted or endorsed Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel or any other person for that matter as their sole Gubernatorial Aspirant.

(II) The Chairman on that reception/deception ceremony, Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien who was visibly in pains to present Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the sole aspirant from Eket Federal Constituency did so only to justify his benefits and personal interest, and so with every other person who spoke in that vein.

(III) Chief Nduese Essien has no mandate whatsoever and did not speak for or on behalf of Ekid People or Eket Federal Constituency but for himself and himself alone.

(IV) The Eket Federal Constituency prides herself on the impressive array of very well qualified Aspirants who are seasoned politicians, fit to be Governor and capable of leading Akwa Ibom State to a higher level of development. Even a cursory look at the array of the Gubernatorial Aspirants from the Federal Constituency reveals that the man the incumbent Government is labouring hard to foist on the people cannot, by any imagination, be the best of them all to be so endorsed.

(V) All our sons and daughters including Mr. Udom Emmanuel have equal rights and have earned our approval to seek for any political office in the land, but we caution that such aspirations and process should be devoid of underhand tactics. We are constrained to issue this statement so that the gullible and vulnerable masses in Eket Federal Constituency, in Akwa Ibom State and in Nigeria would not be misguided and deceived by a few of their self-seeking elders.

We further request the State, Local Government and Ward Chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State to comply with the directives of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party that no aspirant should be endorsed by the party prior to the primary elections and that a level playing field should be provided for all the aspirants to test their acceptability by their people.


We are also aware of the ludicrous claims by some misinformed people and sections of the state that Akwa Ibom State was created on the basis of and rests on a tripod of three ethnic groups only. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There are more than three ethnic groups (which of course we see as dialectal groups) in Akwa Ibom State and each and everyone of these groups has equal and in alienable rights to the highest political office in this State and in the Nigerian Federation. The claims of the tripod of Ibibio, Annang and Oron as the only ones to produce a Governor of the State are to say the least spurious. This claim would constitute a perpetual exclusion of others who do not belong to these groups from holding the office of the Governor of the State. It would amount to a condemnation of those other groups to lesser citizens.

It was to avert such atavistic and warped thinking that the Nigerian Constitution spells out the rights and privileges of Nigerian citizens. The constitution of the various political parties also make provisions not to allow political office remain in perpetuity in any particular zone. The Nigerian state is governed on the basis of Wards, Local Government Areas, State Constituencies, Federal Constituencies, Senatorial Districts, States and Geo-political zones. Appointments at the Federal level are usually done to reflect the Federal Character on the basis of States and Geo-political zones not ethnic balance.

In the present dispensation in Akwa Ibom State, the antecedents and natural justice demand that the Governorship position goes to Eket Senatorial District. In the Senatorial District the Senate position is for Oron Federal Constituency based on the established principle of rotation and the Governorship position sits four-square in Eket Federal Constituency. Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency has produced three successive Deputy Governors in the last eight years and Oron Federal Constituency had earlier produced a Deputy Governor in Akwa Ibom State. It is to be noted that since the creation of Akwa Ibom State twenty seven years ago Eket Federal Constituency has neither produced a Governor nor a Deputy Governor. The time to produce a Governor from Eket Federal Constituency is now.

There is so much avoidable tension in the polity and everybody feels it. We therefore plead that our governments at all levels, our elders, youths and women should not, by acts of omission or commission or through incendiary pronouncements exacerbate the already bad situation.

God save Akwa Ibom State Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

General A. D. Etukudo, Psc +; Mni, OON Senator Etang E. Umoyo – Fmr. Commissioner & Member, CRS Executive Council Pastor Abang O. Abang – Fmr. Commissioner & Member AKS Executive Council Professor Etie B. Akpan – Fmr. Special Adviser to AKS Governor Chief (Barr) Bassey Essien – Fmr Speaker, AKHA Dr. E. Nssien Etuk – Secretary of the Forum & Secretary BoT, EPU


Gay medical doctor sodomizes SHS boy.

Joy News investigation has uncovered the activities of a gay medical doctor who puts the lives of his victims in danger.

Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass, a senior medical officer at Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi, had anal sex with a 16-year-old senior secondary school student who has now been diagnosed of HIV/AIDS.

In the first of a two-part investigative series, Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni tells the story of this sixteen year old boy whose life took a tragic turn after he met Dr. Ali-Gabass.

Aziz, who has been given an alias for the purposes of this report, is a 16 year old boy. A second year student of a senior high school.

He met a man on facebook he took as his role model. In September last year, Aziz met Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass for the first time where he was convinced into having sex with the doctor.

Aziz says after the first sexual encounter, he got angry with the doctor and deleted his contacts both on facebook and on his phone but the doctor threatened to expose him. He narrated how the doctor blackmailed him and forced him to have sex with him on subsequent occasions.

Aziz says his last sexual encounter with Dr. Ali-Gabass ended with severe cuts and pain in his anus.

But Aziz lied to medical officers at health facilities he visited for treatment. The sores in his anus became so severe he had to undergo surgery at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

A nurse who does not want to be identified said his condition was critical when he came to hospital.

When Manasseh spoke to Aziz on his hospital bed, he could not sit or lie on his back. He was in severe pain.

But the sixteen year-old who wanted to be a pharmacist, has more to worry about than the pain in his anus.

He has tested positive for HIV and he believes he contracted the virus through his sexual encounters with Dr. Ali-Gabass.

Aziz has confided in his mother, but cannot face the consequences of breaking this story to his father.

So who is Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass? Does he agree or deny these allegations leveled against him? In the second part of this series which will air same time tomorrow on Joy 99.7 FM, Manasseh Azure Awuni will tell you about his meeting with Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass.

Nigeria: Alleged Witchcraft – Children Tortured, Abandoned in the Forest, In Akwa Ibom

Uyo — In spite of the law against child abuse and other related offences by the Akwa Ibom State Government, the menace of witchcraft allegation, torture and neglect of children has continued unabated in some parts of the state, with the latest being the torture and abandonment of two children.

In Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, eight years old Miss Mary Emmanuel Odiong and Master Ekong Asua, were severely tortured, brutalized and chased away from homes by their parent and relatives on allegation of being witches.

One of the victims, Mary Emmanuel Odiong who narrated her ordeals to Daily Independent over the weekend explained that the drama started some few weeks ago, when a relative of hers died in their community, Okopedi Village, of an ailment suspected to be Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and, days after the burial she was accused of being responsible for the death of her uncle.Godswill-Akpabio

“The people in my family called me and began to ask me questions whether I am a wizard and why did I kill my uncle, I told them that I do not know anything about what they are talking about.

“They started to torture me, they used hot cutlass in beating me, they cut my buttocks with the knife and I became unconscious only to find myself in a nearby bush. I have been living on the streets since last month without food and shelter”, Mary said with sobs.

Another victim, Master Ekong Asua from Oti Oro village in Okobo Local Government Area narrated that his mother and father died weeks ago of some ailments he does not know.

“My uncles said they had gone to somewhere to find out why my parents died and they were told that I am responsible. They tied my hands and started beating me with native sugar-cane, asking me to confess.

“When I insisted that I knew nothing about the death of my parents, they took me to a bush where I met Mary Emmanuel. We have both been living on the streets since then”.



2015 Desperation- Kidnappers Return to Akwa Ibom! *Akpabio’s aide fingered

Barely few months to the 2015 general elections in Akwa Ibom State, insecurity and other life-threatening activities gave returned. This, Weekend Global Post learnt the action is to further create fears and tension amongst the feeble-minded, but popular contestants, thereby forgoing their ambitions.

In a recent development, a socialite and businessman, Iboro Otu has made charges of attempted kidnap and assassination against Mr Emanuel Ekpenyong- Bassey, one of the key loyalists of Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state.

Mr. Otu names himself the victim of the plot. And he has since written a petition against the Governor’s aide, who is the Personal Assistant to Governor Akpabio on Youth Mobilisation.

The petition handled by Garland Chambers and under signed by Paul Omoluabi Esq has been sent to the offices of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) and the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Four other individuals are allegedly involved in the plot along with Ekpenyong – Bassey, who is also the Youth Leader of the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

The petition reads in part, “Attempted Kidnapping, Attempted Murder and Threat to Life by the Personal Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Youth Mobilisation/The PDP Youth Leader, Akwa Ibom State – Emmanuel Bassey Ekpenyong and Four Others.”- the stated in parts…

“We act as solicitors to Mr. Iboro Otu (herein after referred to as “our Client”) and on whose unequivocal instructions we write in the following regards. That on 3rd September, 2013, our Client was in Uyo for the burial of the father of a family friend of his (name withheld) at Ogu Itu Mbonuso, in Ini Local Government Area.

“Thereafter, our Client commenced his return to Uyo, but unknown to him, some young men had taken down his car details and had been trailing him with the criminal intention of kidnapping him so as to eventually kill him. As our client approached a turn 10 minutes away from Itak Junction in Uyo Local Government Area and bent down toward his passenger’s seat to pick up his mobile phone which had fallen from the dashboard onto the seat, an unmarked car with four men brandishing firearms, double-crossed him and commanded him to alight from the vehicle or he will be shot dead on the spot.

‘“Our Client was able to escape from the scene by screeching his car around through the bush and speeding off even at the risk of being shot at, but was chased by these assailants. Upon the pursuit, our Client drove to an Army unit at Itak Junction and immediately reported the incident and further informed the military officers that the assailants were on their way towards the Army unit. Few minutes after this report, the assailants arrived with one Mr. Emmanuel Bassey Ekpenyong better known as Iraq at the Army unit and they were apprehended immediately and unexpectedly. Our client immediately identified one of the assailants

‘ one of them identified himself as Mr. Emmanuel Bassey Ekpenyong, the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Personal Assistant and referred to his fellow assailants as “his boys” pleading earnestly for their release – the  plea, the officers were said to have turned down. Mr. Ekpenyong then entreated Otu for forgiveness, stating that he (Otu) had been mistaken for somebody else while offering to pay for the repair of the damaged vehicle. At that point, Otu was said to have left the issue to be resolved at the discretion of the police.

’We appeal to your most esteemed office to urgently deploy the resources at your disposal in investigating, ordering the arrest of all persons directly and remotely involved in the kidnap and murder attempt of our Client who is presently unsafe and worries about his security and unknown vehicles are always trailing him in and out of Uyo.’

The development which hints at setting up of a militia by the Government of Akwa Ibom State to silence opposition is currently being investigated.

Meanwhile, following the development, many citizens of the state have so far relocated from Akwa Ibom State to foreign lands for the fear of being attacked by the prevailing circumstances engineered by desperate politicians who want power by all means.

Akpabio's Aid

Akpabio’s Aid, Emmanuel Bassey

Mr Emanuel Ekpenyong- Bassey

Global Post Newspaper

Day of reckoning as PDP chieftain bags life imprisonment for raping pregnant woman ( A must read).

People democratic partyObafemi Kolawole, a political associate to Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Ilesa, was on 23 September 2014 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with whipping for rape.
The said Obafemi was alleged to have on 15th September 2007 raped an Action Congress of Nigeria (now All Progressives Congress) member (Tosin Ajakaye, who was pregnant as at the time of the incident) after the 2007 gubernatorial election in Osun state.
Kolawole was charged before the State High Court sitting at Ilesa, on a two-count charge of rape and indecent assault contrary to Sections 358&360 of the Criminal Code cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun respectively in the case of The State Vs Obafemi Kolawole HIL\2c\2009.
The prosecution called a total of four witnesses including Tosin Ajakaye, Lawal Sikiru, Dr. A.I Isawumi and the Investigating police officer Sgt Olatunji Arojo in proof of its case, while Obafemi testified in his defence and called additional four witnesses including Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, Adediran Kehinde, Adewusi Olowolodu and Olayinka Alege.
At the trial, the prosecutor narrated her ordeal that on 15th September, 2007, the convict and his cohorts, who are not police officers came to arrest her at her house at about 7:30 p.m. for an unknown offence. On sighting them and knowing their
antecedent in the vicinity, she took to her heels. The convict pursued, caught up with her and beat her up. Having overpowered her, he stripped her naked and raped her.
“When my cry for help became unbearable, he covered her mouth. Unfortunately, those living in the same compound with me had gone to Mosque because it was the period of the Muslim fast. Thereafter he bundled me into a waiting jeep to join two other men whom I found in the same predicament as mine,” she said.

She later explained that they were driven to the home of Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, a PDP chieftain, and tied to a tree where the trios were mercilessly flogged. She said Kolawole later untied her and plucked out her pubic hair, put it in her mouth to swallow with dry gin, and thereafter went ahead to insert a tin opener into her vagina and as well poured dry gin all over her body. There he raped her again.
Lawal Sikiru who testified as ‘prosecutor witness 2′ corroborated her story. He said he was one of the two naked men in the waiting jeep; the other was one Gbadamosi Lasun. He stated further that he had earlier on received his own share of beating, and bundled naked into the jeep belonging to Chief Ganiyu Oladiran when Ajakaye was brought in naked. He confirmed that the trio were driven to Chief Ganiyu’s house and tied to a tree where they were mercilessly beaten and the content of dry gin was poured all over their body.
According to him, Ajakaye was untied by the accused who plucked out her pubic hair, inserted a tin opener into her vagina, and as well went ahead to pour dry gin in her (vagina) and then sought the consent of the Chief to have sexual intercourse with her.

The chief consented and she was taken to the boot of the jeep from where they heard her shouting for help.
The Medical examination conducted on Ajakaye three days after the incident at LAUTECH by Dr. Isawumi revealed that there was penetration and that the swap taken from her was full of alcohol. It was also discovered medically, that as at the time of the incident the prosecution was pregnant.


Sgt Arojo the IPO, on his own part, testified that Ajakaye and others were brought to the State Police Command Monitoring Unit at Okefia by Chief Ganiyu Oladiran who claimed that the trio whom he got arrested were the ones who assaulted him after the April 2007 Gubernatorial Election in the State.
According to him, while receiving the statements of all concerned, and conducting investigation into the matter, it was discovered that Chief Ganiyu Oladiran’s captives were indeed the victims, and the supposed complainants and cohorts were the accused persons and were consequently charged to court.


Obafemi Kolawole (the convict) in his own defence, denied the allegations made against him. He admitted going to Ajakaye’s house on the fateful day and arresting her, but denied stripping her naked, rather he handed her over to his colleagues, who drove her and other captives to Chief Ganiyu’s house, where they were later handed over to the police.
His other witnesses also admitted that Ajakaye and others were driven to the Chief’s house. Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, while testifying in defense of the accused claimed his co-accused at the Magistrate Court who arrested the trio were his sympathizers.

The presiding Judge, Honourable Justice A. B. Abdulkareem, while finding the accused guilty as charged, pronounced that although the corroboration of prosecution witness two was limited to assault, it does not corroborate penetration which is the vital ingredient necessary for rape.
However, the medical report tendered by Dr Isawumi corroborated the needed penetration and he thereafter found Kolawole guilty. The learned trial Judge held that the Prosecution Counsel Mrs Rachel Ojimi, a Chief State Counsel, in the Ministry of Justice, has been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and consequently convicted the accused. He however struck out the charge of indecent assault since it carries a lesser punishment.
The imports of this judgment are as follows:
(a) Our society is still governed by laws and that notwithstanding the fact that you have perceived that some individuals have wronged you does not give you the liberty or license to take laws into your hands and forgetting the maxim ’UBI JUS IBI REMEDIUM’ meaning, where there is a right, there is a concomitant remedy.
(b) That our courts are still the last hope of the common man, though justice may be slow yet its long hand will surely catch up with the offender no matter how highly or lowly placed or affiliated to a political party.

Battle Line: Human Right Lawyer, Emeka Ogwuonye Reacts To The Arrest Of Investigative Journalist, Fejiro Oliver. …Calls for his immediate release.


By Our reporter.

After a  week of  the arrest of NTA Asaba Camera journalist and online investigative reporter, Tega Sampson, A.K.A Fejiro Oliver; a US based human rights lawyer, Mr. Emeka Ogwuonye has described  his detention as a slap on journalism and insult to the  human right community. Mr. Ogwuonye bared his mind yesterday via Facebook. He said Gov. Mu’azu Aliyu was bent on deploying state power to repress freedom of speech and press freedom to cover the towering corruption scandal uncovered by the arrested journalist.

Gov Muazu-babangida-aliyu

Gov Muazu-babangida-aliyu

“For the avoidance of doubt, this is not about Oliver. It is not about one journalist and one state government. It is about press and personal freedom at a critical time in the history of Nigeria. The country is going through a bad war and facing an election. The populace has been gradually finding their voices to hold government accountable throughout the new media (the social media). The government through its instrument of atavistic repression wants to test the waters and see how easy it will be for them to repress this new media. And that is what is playing out before the world “Stated Ogwuoeneye.

He wondered why the  Niger State Government could suddenly kidnap an individual, confiscated his cell phone and using it to create bogus evidence then the public began believe them.

“He is also charged with extortion. But he never entered Niger Sate voluntarily. Rather, he was kidnapped in Abuja and taken to Niger State.
And the evidence the state is bandying about, and which many have swallowed so foolishly, consists of cell phone exchanges. But did you remember that once that guy was kidnapped, they seized his phone and presumably began to create the evidence they needed to blackmail him.” The human right lawyer maintained.

He argued that there was no law in Nigeria which criminalizes the use of pseudonyms for reporting or any other purpose for that matter; as such there was nothing wrong with using pseudonym to carry out investigation; but only that Nigerian government has come to realize the force associated with the “new media” – social media which it cannot suppress as it was trying to test the water to see how the public will react.
“And by the way, there is no law against a person using a pseudonym. That has been one thing that the least informed among you have tried to criminalize. There is nothing wrong in a journalist regularly based in Asaba covering a story anywhere in the world. So, stop and think. When this battle starts, it is the Governor of Niger State that would be shown to be the rogue.

The Maryland based lawyer called on the Niger State government and Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu to drop the flimsy charges of extortion preferred against Mr. Fejiro Oliver or be prepared to face the greatest battle of the history of Niger state which would finally expose the cankerworms in the administration of Mr. Aliyu.

“I hate to see this Fejiro’s case get out of hand. That is why my first move would be to persuade the Niger State Government to drop this case quickly. I would like to convince them that they would be the most damaged at the end of a protracted fight. I will do that as a matter of courtesy given my feeling toward the people of that State. Should it fail, then we are in for a fight. I will first try to move that case out of Niger State. None of the alleged facts occurred in Niger State. The suspect was kidnapped and forced to the state. Our constitution would not allow anybody to destroy the principle of jurisdiction by illegally creating jurisdiction. Trust me: they will never win this case.” He stated.

Mr. Oliver was arrested by the men of DSS in Nnamndi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after agreed to meet the SSG of Niger State for present the government side of the story of the alleged N40 Billion corruption scandal spanning the seven years of Governor Muazu Aliyu administration uncovered by Oliver’s investigation. He was billed to interview the SSG in the public arena in Abuja as arranged but whisked away and kept under custody coerced to destroyed the 20 page documents x-raying government scam