Ayodele Samuel Oloye, the publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts newspaper and CEO of Rock FM 92.3 in Jalingo, Taraba State, has decried threats to be arrested by some Taraba State Government agents after a publication that Governor Darius Ishaku had “plans to sell Taraba liaison office”.
In a press statement sent to FIJ, Oloye said there had been plots against him in the government house, supervised by Governor Darius Ishaku’s aides.
“I wish to bring to the notice of the general public threats to my life by agents of the Taraba State Government through the aide-de-camp to Governor Darius Ishaku and some top government officials in the state,” he said.
He narrated how he was being monitored on November 25 by a black Prado SUV conveying government officials targeting his place of residence.
“On November 25, 2022, after honouring a police invitation at the Taraba State Police Command, Jalingo, at about 6:30 pm, I observed a black Prado SUV with tinted glasses and covered number plate followed the vehicle I was in. I drove in to an Access Back area where I took a detour,” he said.
“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,” Oloye added.
He continued: “On November 26, the same Prado SUV was seen around Ishaku Continental Hotel, where I was lodged at about 8 pm. Since Friday, November 25, I have been living in fear, and my movement is being closely monitored by agents of Taraba State for reasons best known to them.
“As a law-abiding citizen, I have honoured two police invitations between Friday and Saturday within the shortest notice, and I wonder why the agents of Taraba State Government are on my trail.”
On September 8, Taraba Truth and Fact reported that Governor Darius Ishaku had been making moves to sell the Taraba State Liaison Office located at No. 4 Yawuri Garki, Abuja.
“The building,” the report said, “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 Liaison office, which was maintained and used by successive administrations, was left to rot under Governor Ishaku’s administration. A visit to the building by this newspaper shows that it had not been used for a while with all doors under lock.”
The newspaper had also reported on July 1 that Ishaku wanted to privatise the Mambilla Beverages Company and the college of nursing in Jalingo.
“Mambilla Beverages and Company Limited, which was moribund, was revamped by Governor Ishaku in his first term in office, which now has markets within and outside the state through many efforts that was put in place,” reported Taraba Truth and Facts.
“In the petition sighted by our reporter, the workers and Host Communities claimed that the Tea Factory, worth over N4 billion, is planned to be sold for N300 million by the governor, while faulting the entire privatization plans.”
FIJ sent an email to the Taraba State Government for comments on Taraba Truth and Facts’ reports, but received no response at press time.
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