- A former deputy governor of the CBN, Dr Obadiah Mailafia has disclosed that the DSS invited him for another interview
- Mailafia made the disclosure on Friday, September 11, when he spoke with a national newspaper
- The former CBN official alleged that he was been targeted by security officials
A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafia has alleged that certain political forces were determined to silence him.
Mailafia made the allegation when he told The Nation newspaper that the Department of State Security (DSS) asked him to appear for an interview on Monday, September 14, by 11am, making it his third invitation from the secret police in less than two months.
The former CBN official on Friday, September 11, did not hide his concern after receiving the invitation, saying he had reasons to believe that his life is in danger.
“Please, pray for me. I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth," he said.
Mailafia was previously questioned twice by the DSS after he alleged on a radio programme that a northern governor was a Boko Haram commander.
He stated that he was been victimised despite not having any criminal record.
He claimed he was the target of security agencies for speaking about the thousands of innocent people that have been killed in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the presidency has declared support for Mailafia's invitation by the DSS.
Garba Shehu, presidential media aide, on Wednesday, August 19, backed the DSS invitation to Mailafia during an interview with Channels Television. Read more.
According to him, people find it difficult to adhere to the laws of the country when they are compelled to be law-abiding in foreign nations.
In other news, a group, Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the Nigeria Police Force to desist from what it described as “unnecessary harassment of citizen Mailafia”.
HURIWA wants the Inspector General of Police and other relevant security agencies to instead act on the information revealed by Mailafia during an interview he granted a radio station earlier this month.
This was contained in a press statement sent to journalists by the national coordinator of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko.
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