Nigerian journalist Fejiro Oliver charged with cybercrime for corruption report

Fejiro Oliver, the publisher of the privately owned Secret Reporters news site, is scheduled to appear in court in Nigeria’s southwestern Lagos city on May 28, 2020, after years of adjourned legal proceedings, he told CPJ. Department of State Services (DSS) agents separately questioned him three times about his reporting in 2019, he said. Oliver’s real name is Tega Oghenedoro, but he goes by his pen name.

Police arrested Oliver in Uyo, the capital of Nigeria’s southern Akwa Ibom State where he is based, on March 16, 2017, according to an account he posted on Facebook at the time. They detained him for three days and confiscated his two phones, which have yet to be returned, he told CPJ in October 2019. Following his arraignment, Oliver was held for an additional month until he was able to fulfil bail conditions on May 11, 2017, the privately owned Sahara Reporters online newspaper reported at the time.

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Created: 27/02/2020

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