Publisher Alleges Threat to His Life by Taraba State Government

Mr. Ayodele Samuel Oloye
CEO of Rock FM 92.3

Mr. Ayodele Samuel Oloye, the publisher of “Taraba Truth and Facts” newspaper and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rock FM 92.3 radio station in Jalingo, Taraba State, has alleged that agents of the State Government have been trailing him with the intention to eliminate or arrest him after he published that the state governor, Mr. Darius Ishaku “plans to sell Taraba liaison office”.

In an SOS message he sent out on November 27, 2022, Ayodele claimed that the state government plans to remand him in prison with stringent bail condition adding that the plots against him were planned in government house, supervised by Governor Ishaku’s ADC.

He narrated different incidents of government agents trailing him.

He said he was being trailed by government officials disclosing that on November 25, 2022, after honouring a police invitation at the Taraba State Police Command, Jalingo, at about 6:30 pm, he observed that a black Prado SUV with tinted glasses and covered number plate followed the vehicle he driving. He added that “At about 8 pm of that very day, my team and I also observed that the same Toyota Prado SUV was parked close to Galaxy Hotel, Jalingo, where I usually lodge. This forced me to abandon the hotel,”

He said the same Prado SUV was again sighted around Ishaku Continental Hotel where he was lodged and that the same vehicle with “some unfriendly faces” were parading his business premises and putting his workers under extreme tension. He added that confidential sources at the Danbaba Suntai Airport have informed him that some ‘security agent’ had inquired if he was booked to travel out of the state on Overland Airline.

Taraba Truth and Fact newspaper reported on September 8, 2022, that Governor Darius Ishaku was making moves to sell the Taraba State Liaison Office in Garki, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

The report claimed that the building is listed among state-owned properties which ownership would be transferred to private hands in the winding up of Governor Ishaku’s two-term tenure.

The publisher said “Since Friday, 25th November 2022 I have been living in fear and my movement is being closely monitored by agents of Taraba State Government for reasons best known to them.”