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DSS Arrests NTA Employee over Alleged N50 Million Bribe Demand

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly arrested an employee of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for allegedly demanding a N50 million bribe from the Niger State government.

According to PM News, the accused, 28-year-old Sampson Oghenedoro, warned that he would broadcast a story on purported fraudulent activities within the government if he was not paid N5o million.

Sampson, also known as Fajiro Oliver, works with the Asaba, Delta State arm of NTA as a producer/cameraman. He is also said to be an employee of Elomboh Communications, an online news site.

State director of the DSS, Larry Obiagwu told newsmen that the accused, alongside two accomplices named Francis Arinze and Stanley Gene co-founded the Secret Reporters Group (SRG) with the aim of blackmailing heads of organizations and government officials for monetary gain.

Arinze and Gene are now at large.

Investigations revealed that Sampson and his accomplices had not carried out any investigations on the Niger State government, and it was all a hoax. Also, Obiagwu stated that because the accused is an employee of the Delta state arm of NTA, Niger state was not part of his jurisdiction.

Sampson was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while on his way to Minna to obtain the saidN50 million bribe.

However, Sampson has denied the allegations, stating that he was on his to Minna to balance his story, and not to collect bribe.

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8 Comments

  1. PD Young Billionaire

    September 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Justice! I only wish no one in Nigeria was above the law…..some people are obviously sacred cows….

  2. Shadie

    September 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Elombah.com

  3. Wifey

    September 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I’m a bit rusty… what does “balance his story” mean? is it to get an opposing view?

  4. oche ominyi

    September 23, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Buh there’s been plenty stories on d net dt he was kkidnaped by Niger ssg. Who asked him to come and see him abi sometin like dat,mscheww

    • iba

      September 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Yeah i saw that too so i am a tad shocked to see this.. Only God knows the truth, he may have been on to something but these guys have to pull a fast one on time to incapcitate him. Oh well what do i know. Good luck Mr journalist.

  5. bruno

    September 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    How do they know the fraudulent transactions story is a HOAX, did they investigate. Biko dear journalist, release all the JUICY details and stories about the corruption before they arrest you, if ur going down, the nigerian government officials should go down with you also, its all crap, nigerian government officials are allowed to be fraudulent but when someone else wants to eat CAKE,they arrest the person WHY? Why should only the nigerian elite be allowed to eat cake.

  6. Ijebu Boy

    September 24, 2014 at 4:39 am

    everyone tries to find ways to eat out of the national cake. the main sharers though are untouchable. only small fries are kicked in the you know what. how dare they right? lol

  7. Sophia

    September 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

    first of all if this journalist was not unto something the govt wont be interested in this issue. they have a skeleton in their cupboard.

    Secondly they had to turn the tables on this guy and say it was hoax bcs they werent sure the guy wont leak the info after being bribed nor where they sure he wont wake up 2mao and ask for more money.

    In Nigeria only the elite can eat national cake n get away with it?? please they shld let the journalist go jare. These politicians are sooo greedy am sure this 50m is little compared to the fraud the guy discovered that made him ask for such an amount.

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