Nigerian Journalist missing after appointment with Niger state officials

Babangida Aliyu

A Nigerian journalist, Fejiro Oliver, is missing after travelling from his Asaba base to Abuja allegedly on the invitation of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, SSG, Saidu Ndako, on Friday.

Mr. Oliver, who is the Managing Editor of an online news medium, Daily Voice NG, was said to be working on a story on the activities of the Niger State government.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that he 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 Mr. Ndako.

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”.

A close friend of Mr. Fejiro and human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, also issued a statement on Saturday stating that Mr. Oliver had carried out an extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under Mr. Aliyu.

“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 alleged 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),” Mr. Effiong said.

He said the publication that Mr. Oliver works for, Daily Voice NG, few days ago wrote an editorial intimating security agencies and the general public of the threat to the life of Mr Oliver by the Niger State Government through Mr. Ebije.

Mr. Effiong also said as at the last time contacts were made with the journalist, “he was in Abuja for the sole purpose of meeting with the SSG”.

“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 whereabouts,” he said.

Efforts to speak with the SSG, Mr. Ndako, were unsuccessful. 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 confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES 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).

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to reflect that the missing journalist traveled from his home in Asaba, Delta state, not Port Harcourt in Rivers state.


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  • Foresight

    This was the same Governor Aliyu that was jumping everywhere in the country that he wanted to be president by stopping Jonathan. If he were in the position of Jonathan as president, he would have killed at least 10, 000 Nigerians by now. He recently ate his words and action when he discovered he had lost the battle. A bunch of evil desperados!

    • endingNaija

      But he is part of you people now-PDP. No be so? Why yu dey vex? Same bunch of killers and Pastor money launderers-PDP

      • Daniel Adams

        You can’t even reason well.

        • endingNaija

          ol boy no vex now. Aliyu, Jonathan, Pastor Ayo, money lanuderer-wein be difference? I just dey laaaaf my broda! No vex sha.

      • Ade

        Is there any nigeria politician that doesn’t kill?

    • Ide4u

      Blame the Ijaw journalist without brain. He just took the bait and disappeared.

  • Nigerlite

    Hmm Talba the black monkey is on it again, dictator kawai…. Why not the military should just come back kawai everyday on d news governors are detaining innocent people with no reason kawai

  • Tugbi

    Babangida Aliyu release this man now

  • Daniel Adams

    Has this okpolo eyed man turned kidnapper too. Free the innocent man for God sake

  • Otile

    Arewan Najeriya, Arewan Najeriya, gradually becoming Golgotha. Possible Dele Giwa treatment with another Babangida. Walai Talai.

  • Otile

    Jama’a welcome to Jihara Arewa.

  • antonym

    We are watching…#bring back Fejiro Oliver#

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  • King Carlos

    This is hard to investigate, investigators should ask the network providers of his sim card to to provide them about : the last phone calls he made/received and his last location before his phone went off. This thing can be investigated in a week and if the Governor’s aides are culpable, they should let us know.

  • Sanmi Falae

    So Levick got $1.5 million from Nigeria’s coffers to abuse Jonathan Goodluck’s and his wife’s intelligence by asking them to deny that abduction of 276 girls (HUMAN BEINGS!) ever happened – as a way of changing the media narrative of the sad event?

  • kinsly

    Public revelations of JONA and the forty thieves continues. JONA and his crook brother Dasuki even paid to decieve or rather change the public perceptions after failing in the basic duty of The Government, provision of welfare and security.