SOS: Benue Govt Perfects Plans To Kidnap Or Arrest Nigerian Concord’s Publisher
By Ayodele Anthony, Managing Editor
The Management of Nigerian Concord Newspapers is using this medium to inform the general public that our attention has been reliably and secretly drawn to plans by the government of Benue State under His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom, to arrange for the abduction of the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of this media outfit, Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi.
Information reaching us claimed that the Benue state government has concluded plans with the kidnappers to be in police uniforms during their operation so that people around will not suspect them their mission.
We also wish to inform the general public that another plan by the Ortom-led administration is to use men of the Nigerian Police Force to illegally arrest Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi, take him to an unknown place and torture him till he either dies or agrees to join the Social Media camp of the governor.
Parts of their plans is to also use a mobile tracker device to ascertain Mr. Oluwarotimi’s locations.
This is coming few weeks after a failed attempt by a police team (4 men and 2 women) working for the governor to illegally arrest Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi who got hints of the illegal arrest and ran for his life before they got to his Abuja residence.
To prevent people from doubting this piece, we want to openly state here that the governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, on July 28, 2016 used his telephone number 09091573337 to call Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi, and during the conversation which lasted for about 14 minutes and 56 seconds, the governor repeatedly maintained his plans to have our Publisher work with his administration.
During the conversation, Governor Ortom told Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi that he was surprised with the rate he is using Nigerian Concord Newspapers to expose his administration.
Although, the governor didn’t accept that all the allegations made against his government by Nigerian Concord were true, he pleaded for Mr. Oluwarotimi’s cooperation.
In his response, Mr. Oluwarotimi told the governor that he is not ready to work for any government in Nigeria, adding that he would always do his job in line with the ethics of journalism without any form of bias.
At the end of the conversation, Governor Ortom thanked Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi who pledged to also report whatever good his government does in Benue state.
Few days after the telephone conversation, some of the governor’s inner aides released some shocking documents which had to do with contract scam in Benue state to Nigerian Concord, and after several meetings in our news room, the publisher, Mr. Oluwarotimi, approved that we published unbiased news out of the documents.
After that, several documents on contract scam kept and still keeps coming from our sources within the Ortom-led administration, and we have been publishing them after proper investigations so as to avoid libel defamation.
This, our informants at the Government House in Makurdi told us that is not going down well with the governor who called from New York yesterday to give an express instruction on an immediate arrest or abduction of Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi.
Our informants told us this afternoon that Governor Ortom plans to detained Mr. Oluwarotimi illegally for several months for terrorizing his government and won’t be released until there is an assurance that he will stop exposing corruption in Benue state.
As it is now, we expect Governor Ortom to direct his Attormey General to file a libel suit against us in court and allow the court to send us a summon. If this is done and our lawyers confirm the authenticity of the court summon, the publisher shall report at the court to give his own account of the forgery allegations which the Benue state government and its social media experts are making against him.
Unless that is done, none of our editors or the publisher will report at the Police B Division in Makurdi as mandated by Mr. Tahav Argezua, the governor’s media adviser, in some of his Facebook posts.
We are now using this medium to inform the general public to hold Governor Ortom, Joe Ikayaagba, Benson Abounu, James Okefe, Terkimbi Ikyange, Hon. Titus and co accountable if anything happens to Mr. Abiodun Oluwarotimi or any of our editors especially our correspondent in Benue state.
We also want to appeal to the federal government to prevail on Governor Ortom so he can stop his evil men from abducting Mr. Oluwarotimi. The governor should also be advised to begin to understand that Nigerian Concord is only discharging its duties in line with the Nigerian Media Ethics.
For: The Management