Mailafia ‘profusely apologised’ for using fake news to mislead the public, says DSS

Mailafia ‘profusely apologised’ for using fake news to mislead the public, says DSS

- DSS has revealed what transpired when Obadiah Mailafia was invited for interrogation in Port Harcourt

- The former deputy CBN governor had alleged that a northern governor is the commandant of Boko Haram

- Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesman, said Mailafia profusely apologised over his utterances and allegations

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Following the comments made by a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, on Boko Haram, the Department of State Service (DSS), has revealed what the former presidential hopeful did when he visited its Port Harcourt office.

The Nation reports that the DSS said Mailafia had profusely apologised for using fake news to mislead the public.

Legit.ng gathered that the secret security agency said on Friday, August 13, that Mailafia was playing to the gallery and desperate to breach the peace in the country.

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Mailafia had in a recent interview, alleged that a northern governor was the commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Mailafia ‘profusely apologised’ for using fake news to mislead the public - DSS

DSS says Mailafia profusely apologised for using fake news to mislead the public.
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He was subsequently invited by the Plateau state office of the DSS for questioning and later released.

Speaking on Mailafia's invitation, the public relations officer, national headquarters, Abuja of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, in a statement issued on Friday, August 14, pointed out this was an indication of an earlier warning about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions to cause a total breakdown of law and order.

Afunanya said Mailafia had “profusely apologised” during his visit to the Service’s Plateau state command for his comments, only to announce that he stood by them afterwards.

The statement read in part: “On 27th July, 2020, the Department of State Services (DSS) alerted the nation about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions; take advantage of developments in the country and cause a total breakdown of law and order. It also revealed that part of the orchestrations was to engage in divisive acts as well as use inciting statements to pit one group against another.

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“With the latest occurrences in the country, Nigerians may have no reason to doubt the Service’s earlier pronouncement. Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya’s recent outburst aimed at playing to the gallery and creating unnecessary tension is a confirmation of his group’s desperation to breach the peace.

“Mailafiya, as a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently, a directing staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unhindered access to government platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.

“But regrettably, he chose to cross the lines of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his status. It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, condemned the N5 million fine imposed on a Lagos-based radio station by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over the alleged promotion of hate speech.

It was reported that the fine was imposed on the radio station by the regulatory commission because it allegedly provided its platform to be used to promote unverifiably and inciting views.

In another report, a former member of the eight Senate, Shehu Sani, urged northern governors to focus on resolving the bloodshed in their regions instead of clamping down on Mailafia.

Mailafia, a former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), had revealed that Boko Haram was plotting civil war in Nigeria in 2022.

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