Mailafia speaks after release from DSS custody

Mailafia speaks after release from DSS custody

- Obadiah Mailafia has opened up on his interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS)

- The former deputy governor of the CBN says he stands by his statement which went viral

- Maliafia made the declaration after he met with DSS officials in Jos, Plateau state

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Obadiah Mailafia, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has opened up on his interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Mailafia was invited by the DSS over a claim he made that a governor from northern Nigeria is one of the commanders of Boko Haram.

The former CBN chief made the claim while being interviewed by a popular radio station on Monday, August 10.

Mailafia speaks after release from DSS custody

Supporters of Mailafia in front of DSS office in Jos. Photo Credit: Savn Daniel
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He reported to the Jos office of the DSS on Thursday, August 12, accompanied by his lawyers, Pius Akubo, SAN and Yakubu Bawa.

Hundreds of his supporters also stormed the office of the DSS in solidarity with the ex-banker, carrying placards and stayed till he was released after 6:30 pm.

Addressing his supporters, Mailafia said he stood by what he said during the radio programme.

He, however, said a section of the interview was lifted, leaving out the context in which he made the statement.

He said: “This is not the time to disown what I said. Yes, I was privy to some very sensitive information which all statesmen are entitled to have by virtue of our public roles.

“Let me make it clear: I am a humanist; I am a man of peace. Even my name, Mailafia, means a man of peace.”

In a report by earlier this year, Mailafia had lamented over the poverty situation in the country, saying there is a lot of suffering in the land.

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“There is a lot of suffering in the land. There is no way we can gloss over it. We could, but the reality is that life has become more difficult for people,” he told Channels Television during an interview.

Late last year, the former CBN deputy governor warned that Nigeria will get its ‘fingers burnt’ if it continues with borrowing from China.

According to him, Nigeria could suffer the same travails as some African countries over the sizes of their loans from China.

While noting that China may have a genuine interest in Africa’s development, Mailafia said there is a reason for Nigeria to be worried about loans from the country, especially as a result of the projects they are tied to.

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