THE Publisher of Secrets Reporters, Mr. Tega Samson Oghenedoro has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
Oghenedoro, popularly known by his pen name, Fejiro Oliver, was arrested at about 8:45 PM on Thursday 16th March, 2017.
His arrest is suspected to be on the orders and instigation of the immediate-past governor of Delta State, Mr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Social Times recalls that the Delta-born journalist, who is an activist heads Delta Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum which had recently protested around the Delta State Government House.
The Delta protest which was initially scheduled to hold on the 28th of February, 2017 in Asaba was postponed after Oliver was invited to a meeting by the Delta State Commissioner of Police who urged that the protest be cancelled due to likelihood of security breach.
“The postponement became necessary after Pro-Uduaghan protesters wrote a letter to the police indicating their intention to hold a counter/solidarity protest in support of Mr. Uduaghan, on the same date,” Oliver said in a Facebook update on his timeline.
On 8th March, 2017 mobilised other concerned citizens of Delta State and proceeded to the Delta State Governor’s office where they displayed various placards and banners and called for probe into the management of resources during the administration of Uduaghan.
Fejiro Oliver and his group, had accused Uduaghan of allegedly looting several billions of naira from the state.
The group further said Uduaghan was not the only politician being targeted.
The Secretary to the State Government during Uduaghan- administration, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, and other officials who served in the government, Oliver said, are also penciled down for similar treatment.
The journalist was tracked down and arrested by plain-clothed policemen who were four (4) in number and in company of one Mr. Prince Kpokpogri who was himself arrested in Delta State before he was forcefully used to trail Oliver, his associate to his base in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, a statement from a Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong said.
Oliver, according to the lawyer, was then driven by the policemen in a vehicle with Kpokpogri from Uyo to Delta State.
The lawyer quoted Oliver’s wife as saying that his husband’s arrest is in connection with the recent anti-corruption protest by concerned citizens of Delta State both at home and in the diaspora calling for the investigation, arrest and prosecution of Mr. Uduaghan over his alleged mismanagement of the resources of Delta State during his tenure as the governor of the state.
Effiong who heads Coalition of Human Rights Defenders demanded that the police should explain the legal basis of the arrest, release or charge them to court.
“We demand that the Nigeria Police Force should offer immediate explanation on the legal basis for the arrest of Messrs. Tega and Kpokpogri.
“It is important for the police to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected, including their rights to remain silent, and be given free access to legal practitioner(s) of their choices, etc.
“The police should not allow Mr. Uduaghan or any other person or persons to use it as a witch-hunting tool against perceived critics and opponents.
“We therefore ask the police to either release or charge them to court within the next 24 hours.”
A group, Action Youths for Good Governance, has said Oliver and his group were paid N300million to attack some reputable political figures in the state.
Social Times effort to get the reaction of the ex-governor was not successful as his spokesman, Harold Monu was not reachable as at the time of filling this report.