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

Three out of our 4 kids look like her lovers —Husband •I have lovers so as to make myself happy —Wife

A 48-year-old farmer, Muraina Adisa, has taken his wife, Temitope, to an Iseyin Customary Court in Oyo State over the paternity of three out of their four children.

Muraina told the court that they had been married for about 15 years with four children aged 15, 13, 10 and seven.

But seeking the dissolution of the union on the grounds of his wife’s unfaithfulness, Muraina said he reliably gathered that three of the children were not his own.

“I know the first born is mine, but I can’t say the same for others. They look so much like my wife’s lovers.

“She does not even know what it means to be a married woman as she sleeps around with neighbours and all kinds of men.

“Already, I have become a laughing stock among my friends and family members; I have been reliably informed that the three children are not mine.

“I asked her to swear by the god of iron that the children are mine but she ran out of the house, ’’ Muraina said.

He prayed the court to dissolve the union in the interest of peace and harmony.

Temitope, however, denied the allegation, saying the three children were for her husband.

Temitope, who admitted having lovers, said: “I know and I can swear with anything available that all the four children are for Muraina.

“I started having lovers of recent because he also began to sleep around the neighborhood and would be away for about five days. I have to make myself happy,“ she said.

In his ruling, president of the court, Mr Raimi Oyegbenle, ordered the estranged couple to be present in court with their parents and family members at the next adjourned date.

He expressed optimism that the crisis would be resolved amicably with the help of family members.

Oyegbenle adjourned further hearing on the matter till Monday.

Cameroon Military Kill Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader?

Cameroon Military Kill Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram Leader ……Five Insurgents Surrender, Beg Jonathan For Mercy

The menace of Boko Haram took a new twist today (September 21,2015) when the Cameroon army in a rare show of bravado, released the photographs of the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to the public, claiming he was killed during a cross border raid deep inside Nigeria by the Cameroon military.

 Abubakar Shekau, est-il mort ?

The Street Journal reliably gathered from a Cameroon military source late last night that Abubakar Shekau was killed following an aerial bombardment of his hideout inside Nigeria. The Cameroon army has ever since yesterday been in serious combat against thousands of Boko Haram fighters trying to enter Cameroon via Fotokol from Gambaral Ngala in Nigeria.

It was further gathered that the development has put the Boko Haram camp in disarray in Nigeria culminating in the devastating blow the insurgents experienced in Konduga, near Maiduguri on Friday. The Nigeria Army had on Sunday (September 21, 2014) announced the capture of a number of insurgents.

A week after soldiers stopped the Boko Haram insurgents from taking over Konduga, a town 35 kilometers from the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, the military has said five members of the insurgent group have surrendered in the town.

In a tweet on Sunday, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, said five members of the Boko Haram on Saturday surrendered their weapons to soldiers

The military said the insurgents surrendered because they could not endure the massive onslaught by troops. It said the insurgents also pleaded for mercy.

The DHQ also said other captured insurgents are giving useful information on the group’s subsequent attack plans.

Several battles between the military and the Boko Haram in the past week in different Borno towns have left scores of people dead

The latest of such occurred on Friday in Mainok, a village about 56 kilometres from Maiduguri. The insurgents had attacked the village on Friday afternoon killing about 20 people.

A senior security official in Maiduguri, on condition of anonymity, said at least 48 insurgents were killed by soldiers who chased them while the former returned to their base in Damboa Town.
The official blamed poor service by telecom networks for the late arrival of soldiers to prevent the Mainok attack.

“Due to the poor telecom network around Mainok town, troops (from 7 Division in Maiduguri) could not get the alert on time, until they (Boko Haram) had attacked and killed some of the traders – about 20 or so – and even stole money and food items from the poor traders”, the official told The Street Journal.

“But as soon as the message got to us, troops arrived Mainok and tracked them towards the direction and were able to intercept them as they were taking some rest or attending to a broken down vehicle.

“It was another tough battle but within hours, our gallant soldiers subdued them, as we counted 48 corpses and recovered several weapons and vehicle abandoned by some few others who fled.”

The handling of the Boko Haram menace had put to question the capability of the Nigeria military to contain insurgency in the country, leading to a big blow on the armed forces’ integrity.

A top government official who spoke with The Street Journal on condition of anonymity said the alleged killing of Shekau by the Cameroon military would further erode whatever remains of the integrity of the Nigeria Army.

He noted with dismay the menace of Boko Haram had caused Nigeria, particularly, in the North Eastern region of the country thousands of lives with properties worth billions of naira destroyed while the military had exhibited helplessness in the fight against the insurgents.

The Goodluck Jonathan administration had requested for an approval of a foreign loan of $1 billion from the National Assembly for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the military to combat the insurgents.

The Streetjournal

Amber Alert! Press Statement On The Sudden Disappearance Of Mr Fejiro Oliver.

By Inibehe Effiong.

Gov Muazu-babangida-aliyu

Gov Muazu-babangida-aliyu

This is to alert the human rights community, security agencies, the media, civil society organizations and the general public of the sudden disappearance of a dreaded investigative online journalist, public affairs commentator and activist Mr Fejiro Oliver who until recently was the Editor of Secrets Reporters and an investigative reporter with online news medium, Elombah.com. He was recently hired by the emerging online news medium- Daily Voice NG as a Managing Editor.

Mr Fejiro was last heard of yesterday Friday 19th September, 2014 while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako.

Mr Fejiro had carried-out extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under the Governor Babangida Aliyu dispensation. After his investigation, he formally sought the response of the Niger State Government by contacting the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki and the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor, Mr Israel A. Ebije.

Instead of responding to the issues pertaining to the allege corrupt practices of governor Babangida Aliyu, the CPS, Mr Ebije in an electronic mail he sent to Fejiro Oliver threatened and warned him to desist from going public with the report (the outcome of his investigations).

In an editorial by Daily Voice NG few days ago, the security agencies and the general public were alerted of the threat to the life of Mr Fejiro Oliver by the Niger State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor.

Sequel to this state of affairs, the SSG of Niger State had scheduled an appointment with Mr Fejiro in Abuja. As at the last time contacts were made with him, he was in Abuja for the sole purpose of meeting with the SSG. Subsequently calls to all his known GSM lines last night proved abortive. His lines were either not reachable, switched off or busy. Up to this time, efforts to get in contact with Mr Oliver has not yielded fruitful results.

We have reasons to believe that his incommunicado state or sudden disappearance has everything to do with his scheduled meeting with the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki. We are therefore assuming based on the above facts that the SSG is in the know about Mr Fejiro’s where about.

Our apprehension has been further worsen by the strange fact that Mr Fejiro Oliver has not posted any update(s) on his ever active Facebook Timeline and Twitter handle today.

We have not been able to establish contacts with his family, especially his lovely wife.

We are therefore constrained to issue this interim public statement while also taking further steps on this matter.

Let it be known that Mr Fejiro Oliver is not alone. Any attack on his person or life will be treated as an attack on his constituency; the human rights community and the media.

By Inibehe Effiong for and on behalf of FRIENDS OF FEJIRO OLIVER.

+2348065142135, inibehe.effiong@gmail.com

Assam’s Allegation on Akpabio: Force Headquarters Begins Investigation, Wants to Interrogate Ifreke Nseowo

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Policemen from Force headquarters, Abuja, yesterday arrived Uyo for investigations on the allegations by Ambassador Assam E. Assam that his former boss, Governor Godswill Akpabio is an experienced.

The policemen dressed in mufty and numbering about 4 on arrival went to the office of Community Pulse (the newspaper that published the interview), asking the office attendant that they want to see the Managing Editor, Ifreke Nseowo.

The policemen were said to be told that the reverred young editor is not on seat and hasn’t been to the office throughout the day. They then requested for his phone number which was made available to them. Speaking with the editor on phone Wednesday morning, Nseowo however confirmed the story.

Nseowo who is in Lagos for an official assignment said he received a call from a man who identified himself as Detective Michael Matthew from force headquarters Abuja.

He stated that the person he spoke to on phone said they are carrying out investigation on the allegation by Assam and that he (Nseowo) as the person who interviewed the former attorney General when he made the allegation against Akpabio is wanted for interrogation. Nseowo said he will be back in the state later in the week to honour their invitation.

It could be recalled that Nseowo had interviewed Chief Assam few weeks back where the Eket born politician had made disparaging allegations against the governor, including that the governor is an experienced killer.

The governor in a swift reaction had gone to the force headquarters to file a petition against Chief Assam, which the IG promised that full scale investigations will be launched into the matter.

 

Assam

Assam

Policemen from Force headquarters, Abuja, yesterday arrived Uyo for investigations on the allegations by Ambassador Assam E. Assam that his former boss, Governor Godswill Akpabio is an experienced.

The policemen dressed in mufty and numbering about 4 on arrival went to the office of Community Pulse (the newspaper that published the interview), asking the office attendant that they want to see the Managing Editor, Ifreke Nseowo.

The policemen were said to be told that the reverred young editor is not on seat and hasn’t been to the office throughout the day. They then requested for his phone number which was made available to them. Speaking with the editor on phone Wednesday morning, Nseowo however confirmed the story.

Nseowo who is in Lagos for an official assignment said he received a call from a man who identified himself as Detective Michael Matthew from force headquarters Abuja.

He stated that the person he spoke to on phone said they are carrying out investigation on the allegation by Assam and that he (Nseowo) as the person who interviewed the former attorney General when he made the allegation against Akpabio is wanted for interrogation. Nseowo said he will be back in the state later in the week to honour their invitation.

It could be recalled that Nseowo had interviewed Chief Assam few weeks back where the Eket born politician had made disparaging allegations against the governor, including that the governor is an experienced killer.

The governor in a swift reaction had gone to the force headquarters to file a petition against Chief Assam, which the IG promised that full scale investigations will be launched into the matter

Kidnapping Fears Grip Akwa Ibom As Isaac Achong Returns AS Police Commissioner.

By Our Reporter

Suleman Abba,

Suleman Abba,

Fear of uncertainties hover the air in Akwa Ibom State as radio and television announced the return of Mr. Isaac Gabriel Achong as the Police Commissioner of the State. Mr. Ochong who left state in 2010 as the Deputy Commissioner of Police under a controversial circumstance linking him to state sponsored kidnapping and assassination arrived the state capital, Uyo yesterday amid celebration by members of Akpabio’s government.

Reacting to news, an Uyo based human right activist, Mr. Bassey Edem said the return of Mr. Achong to Akwa Ibom State as the  Commissioner of police was the handiwork of Governor Godswill Akpabio to prepare ground ahead of the 2015 election in his favor.  Mr. Edem noted that Mr. Achong’s name was not included in the names of those recently published as newly appointed commissioners of police apparently to prevent furor that might greet his appointment.

“Let me tell you. It is Akpabio that lobbied for the man to come to Akwa Ibom State in order to perpetuate terror during the election and scare his opponents into submission.  In 2010 were politically motivated kidnapping and assassination were the order of the day, didn’t the people of the state cry foul and asked the Mr. Achong to be transferred out of the state? Why is he suddenly backed again during the same period?” Edem asked.

He recalled that ahead of the 2011 general election which ushered in Mr. Akpabio into the government house for the second term, hundreds of people were abducted for ransom and some murdered in broad daylight. And Mr. Achong was said to be in charge of negotiation for payment of ransom which he smiled to the bank with millions of Naira.

“There were so many victims; you can check in the internet you will see. Some of the victims of kidnapping included retired General Edet Akpan kidnapped during a church session in his home town, Mrs. Sam Enwang at school near Ekom Iman, the Principal of Mobil Pegasus Primary/Nursery School in Eket, Mrs. Lakshmi Tom-Bush Itauma, a native of India, Sen. Aloysius Etuk’s wife, Mr. Michael Bush’s wife, Dr. Uwah, Mrs. Mfon Uko, Mrs. Philomena Udonwa who was also killed, to name a few. “Mr. Edem recalled.

He further stated however that until, Mr. Achong was sent packing, the citizens of the state knew no peace. And that in 2010, as result of his complicity to kidnapping for ransom, the state House of Assembly voted unanimously ordering him to vacate his position and leave the state after 15 years. It was only then that peace began to return to the state.

“Since Achong’s departure, kidnapping is seen as a thing of the past but now the citizens are worried that they will have to relive it all over again as Achong returns to perpetuate his unfinished business of kidnapping he championed. You can see that upon moving to Abuja in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner, he worked his way up to be promoted recently among other 20 Commissioners by the Acting IG of Police, Suleiman Abba. This evening, the state radio station in Uyo announced and celebrated his return but the people of Akwa Ibom are not celebrating Mr. Achong, let alone being happy… “The activist cried out

He called on Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba to transfer Mr. Achong out of Akwa Ibom state to avoid bloodshed and kidnapping that occasioned during his stay in Akwa Ibom State as the  deputy commissioner of police.

 

Jonathan, last president of amalgamated Nigeria. – Efik Frathernity

 

A socio-political group – Efik Eburutu Royal Fraternity Forum, has said that President Goo

Jonathan Goodluck

Jonathan Goodluck

dluck Jonathan would be the last president of Nigeria particularly with the determination of most ethnic nationality in the country to go their different ways soon.
Speaking to our reporter in Calabar, High Chief Eyo Bassey Eyo-Cobham, Chairman of the group, said the Efiks, his race, was out for a sovereign state, adding “the Nigerian state had come to its dead end as each nation is going its different way.
“We stand by our previous position that we do not want to belong to Nigeria again. Based on the amalgamation treaty which stipulated that we could stay together for 100 years, the geographical entity called Nigeria has ceased to exist since January this year. The forced marriage has been terminated and Jonathan is the last President of the Amalgamated Nigeria.”
Eyo-Cobham said his people were poised to take its case to the United Nations, since, according to him, there are provisions in UN Charter for self determination, adding “this we shall pursue with vigour shortly after concluding our ongoing consultation phase.”
He also alleged glaring marginalization against the Efiks, explaining, “the way the Efiks in both Cross River and Akwa Ibom are marginalized and treated as beast of burdens, particularly under President Goodluck Jonathan’s stewardship, are indication Jonathan has no business whatsoever with the us.”
“Voting Jonathan again in 2015 is to continue and consolidate federal government marginalization of Efik race. There is no single infrastructure that the Efiks can boast of in all the ten local government area where our people are.
The Calabar – Itu high way has become death trap. The Calabar- Ikang road leading to Bakassi has completely collapsed. The Tinapa business resort is not working because the federal government does not want to work.
“The Calabar Port, which should have been benefiting economically to our people, is not functional because the federal government deliberately refuses to dredge the Calabar waterway.
“Jonathan is constructing the second Niger Bridge for the South East people. There are many smooth dual carriage ways in the North and South West. Let the President point out one single outstanding project he has done in Efik land in particular and South South in general. We do not know what has become of the East-West road.
“Since the criminal ceding of Bakassi, what succor has Jonathan given to our people? Bakassi peninsular, which was an integral part of Efik Eburutu kingdom, as shown in all available records, was secretly and heartlessly expunged from Nigeria’s map and handed over to Cameroon without the consent and knowledge of the owners – Kings and Chiefs of the Efiks
“Let us ask ourselves, why has the President not paid a single visit to Cross River since his electioneering campaign of 2011? He has visited some states for up to four times, but here, no way. I know he is waiting for next year to come and bamboozle us. We shall not vote for him,” Chief Eyo said as a matter of finality.
On the just concluded National Conference, the group said, “we actually expected a sovereign national conference and not an advisory body to the President.” It condemned the reports of the conference for not harping on referendum to solve Nigeria’s many problems, describing the reports as “body of confusion.”
Cobham therefore called on President Jonathan to follow what the defunct Soviet Union did by diplomatically allowing each nation-state to go their separate way peacefully

 

-Weekly Insight Newspapers