Daniel Ojukwu was detained over report on abuse of contract procurement by Orelope-Adefulire – FIJ

Adebari Oguntoye
Adebari Oguntoye
Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire

The management Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) says its journalist, Daniel Ojukwu, was detained by the police over a story on contract procurement by the office of the senior special assistant to the president on sustainable development goals (OSSAP-SDGs).

Ojukwu has been in police custody since May 1 after he was “abducted” in Lagos.

The family of the journalist and FIJ management were initially not aware of his whereabouts until 48 hours after he was declared missing.

The journalist was not allowed to communicate with his family members and friends as his mobile gadgets were seized.

On Sunday, Ridwan Oke, a human rights lawyer, said Ojukwu had been taken to Abuja from Lagos.

Muyiwa Adejobi, police public relations officer (PPRO), said the journalist has a case to answer over alleged violations of sections of the Cybercrime Prohibition Act 2015.

Providing an update on the incident, Bukky Shonibare, chairperson of FIJ’s board of trustees, said the journalist has been moved from the national cybercrime centre in Abuja to the force criminal investigation department.

Shonibare confirmed that Ojukwu is being held over a report he authored on contract procurement by the OSSAP-SDGs headed by Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.

Orelope-Adefulire, a former Lagos deputy governor, is the special assistant to the president on sustainable development goals (SDGs).

She served in the same capacity in the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari and was reappointed by President Bola Tinubu.

OSSAP-SDGs coordinates and supervises the federal government’s programmes on SDGs at the national level. The office also executes capital projects.


On November 7, 2023, Ojukwu authored a report “SPECIAL REPORT: 2 Weeks Before End of Buhari’s Tenure, Special Assistant Adejoke Adefulire Paid a Restaurant N147.1m to Build Classrooms in Lagos. A Lot Was Amiss”.

In the report, it was stated that Orelope-Adefulire’s office paid N147 million to Enseno Global Ventures Ltd for the construction of one skill acquisition centre (type A) with a pile on the raft foundation and one block of six classrooms at Ajeromi Primary School, Lagos state.

The money was paid to the company on May 15, 2023 — 13 days before the end of the tenure of Buhari’s administration.

The report stated that the company, Ensemo Global Ventures, is an Abuja-based restaurant.

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